15 December 2012 9:29 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

If last night’s numbers are any indication, Fox’s Fringe (1.1/3) looks to be ending its run on a rise, at least for 2012. On its second to last episode of the year and its fifth to last episode ever, the J.J. Abrams-created sci fi series was up 22% from last week. That December 7 broadcast had been flat with the previous original airing two week previous. Airing before Fringe, Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) was down 8% from its December 7 show. The other networks saw their planned Friday schedules altered as news specials on the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut were added to existing shows or ran solo. Barbara Walters’ scheduled interview with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on ABC’s 20/20 (1.6/5) last night was postponed as the news show covered shooting. With 6.25 million watching, last night’s 20/20 as up 33% over last week. That is 20/20’s largest audience since its March 30th »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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