Based on that, some people have speculated a gloomy future for Fringe. However, they were missing some important information when forming their opinions.
The silver lining is that Fringe fans are still watching, and while the L+SD ratings are lower this week, the "Live + 3-Day DVR" ratings jump was the highest of any network show this season.
The Fox Research twitter feed notes that Fringe's ratings jumped 64% to a 1.8 when DVR numbers are factored in:
#FRINGE posted the largest % gain from L+SD to L+3 this season on any broadcast net, up +64% to a 1.8 L+3 rtg (vs. 1.1 L+SD)
According to ratings gurus TV By The Numbers, the L+3 rating is what most closely matches the C+3 rating used by advertisers.
Another thing to take into consideration (although it is not an excuse), is that other Friday night shows took a hit as well. NBC's Grimm was also down 0.2 in ratings this week, and CBS's Blue Bloods was down 0.4 in ratings.
So keep watching Fringe live, and if you just can't watch on Friday night, please DVR it and watch it as soon as possible.
For other tips to help Fringe, read BirdAndBear's post on "Overcoming Nielsen Invisibility", and our other Support Fringe posts.