Fringe Battles Nikita: Only One Can Make the 'Renew Our Show!' Finals

One features brainy characters whose doppelgängers live in an alternate universe. The other features sexy sleuths leading double lives. But both Fox’s Fringe and the CW’s Nikita have one important thing in common: They’re in the semifinals of’s first annual ‘Renew Our Show!’ Bracket Tournament, and only one will survive into Monday’s final showdown.

To make the final four, Fringe had to erase Outsourced and V, while Nikita assassinated The Event then pulled off a close upset over No. 3 seed One Tree Hill in the opening two rounds of our single-elimination competition for 16 on-the-bubble series hoping to score slots on the 2011-2012 primetime calendar.

Monday at 1 p.m. ET, you’ll be able to vote for the ultimate “Renew Our Show!” Champion — where the winner of this battle will be up against the winner of Chuck Vs. Parenthood. Click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). And if you’re losing sleep about the status of anything currently on your DVR “series-recording” lineup, don’t miss our regularly updated Renewal Scorecard feature.

But now, you’ve got a tough choice to make — either Fringe or Nikita. Polls will be open for 48 hours, and once you’re done, feel free to hit the comments to justify your vote, and head to Facebook and Twitter to whip your fellow fanboys and fangirls into a frenzy.

Oh! And to get alerted to all future “Renew Our Show” showdowns, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV. And now the time has come for you to vote like you mean it!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. t.t says:

    Nikita!!!!! go nikita!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kelly says:


      • Sue says:

        Nikita could so kick Fringe’s ass! LOL Renew Nikita!

        • trev says:

          CW is VERY likely to renew Nikita because the ratings are much stronger. Please let us Fringe fans have this one. :(

          • Kat says:

            Actually that’s wrong on the renewal score card it says “Fringe: A Safe Bet” and “Nikita: Could Go Either Way”. So that means at the moment Fringe is a safer bet at the moment…

          • trev says:

            I’m merely comparing the ratings from last thursday’s abysmal ratings for Fringe. Nikita’s doing really well for a CW show.

          • trev says:

            oops! I meant Fringe’s Friday ratings. Not Thursday ><'

          • Justin says:

            but Fringe has been going on for longer :( Nikita should have a chance

          • will says:


          • Ally says:


            Ok, let Fringe have this one. Nikita is my favorite show!!! Seriously!! I do also love Fringe. I always vote Nikita but Fringe got the Friday DEATH SLOT (not pretty). So it should win this one.

            But F.Y.I Nikita is IT!
            It has to be renewed for Season 2 otherwise CW are complete tools!

          • Rachel says:

            Fringe has already been renewed it was announced either yesterday or this morning cant remember, makes me feel MUCH better lol

          • Courtney Chapman says:

            NO WAY!! Nikita is the best show ever than the what I call the “Fringy” Nikita is going to kick Fringe’s ass!

        • Kimmy says:

          Fringe rocks so far the people who voted Fringe was higher so win needs to it’s the only show that makes me feel cool exept smallville frienge will win.

          • fringeee says:

            OMG OMG

        • Micah says:

          WUUUT?!?!? no season 2 of Nikita?!?!? this is crap!!!!

      • Kelsey says:

        NIKITA ftw
        Nikita TONIGHT at 9 PM on the CW

        PS. Shane West is HOT

      • Shellie says:

        Apparently not, because Fringe is beating Nikita’s posterior! Take that Nikita! Fringe is waaay more awesomer or shall I say awesomest. ;-)

        • Alan says:

          Fringe is better than Red Vines.

          • Erika says:

            That’s really not a good comparison. No one likes Red Vines.

            Anyway, Nikita is an excellent show. The cast is wonderful, as are the writers. It’s also not just a copy of the movie. The two are very different. If you haven’t already, you guys should check it out.
            I wouldn’t want Fringe to be cancelled. I don’t personally watch it, but I love Joshua Jackson (residual Dawson’s Creek affection) and hope any series he’s in has a long, successful run. Plus, most Fringe fans are very nice and very loyal. I wouldn’t want you to lose your favorite show. But hey, Fringe just got renewed, so congrats you guys. Crossing my fingers that Nikita will see the same fate.

        • breezy says:

          AGREED! WTH is Nikkita anyway….

      • Rachel says:


      • Appleface says:


    • Rob says:


    • Alan says:

      Nikita is just watered down 24. Fringe is defenitly better.

    • will says:

      FRINGE is brilliant in so many levels. the cinematography is outstanding, the actors are award-worthy, the screenplay every episode is topnotch and the characters and their relationships have so much depth in them and the plot twists are jaw-dropping. THIS IS QUALITY TV. THIS IS TV AT ITS BEST. they don’t make it like this. FRINGE ALL THE WAY!

    • trev says:

      As much as I wanna vote Nikita, I feel like Fringe is most likely to get cancelled just comparing the ratings. Both great shows though.

    • Sneast says:

      Hell when did the voting occur between V & Fringe happen??? That was not even open for anyone to vote on !!! I was waiting & waiting for it to happen & it never did !! So how did “Fringe get to the next bracket????

    • Nicola says:

      NIKITA FTW!!!!!!!!

    • Altair says:

      Clearly you people are incapable of reading a simple chart, because it looks to me’ like Fringe is kicking Nikita’s arse, and quite rightly so…

    • Melody says:

      Nikita gets my vote – well actually Mikita gets my vote.

    • Sam says:

      Vote for nikita! Fringe was just renewed!!

    • ELLA says:

      It’s Official: Fox Confirms FRINGE Renewed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ron E says:

      NIKITA! We MUST have more Nikita! Nikita, Alex, and Michael must go on! The show is well written, characters well developed, and Maggie Q is awesome.

    • MsBeeHayVin says:


    • Ciara says:

      They should keep Nikitia because it is the only one of its kind and in a few years when the fan base grows i could really see it winning some award! but fringe there are so many other supernatural shows out their just like it i say can it now its goign no where!

    • John says:

      Please Nikita fans fight back now because it’s our time because fringe just got renewed for a full 22 episodes 4th season by Fox while Nikita is still in the dark about getting renewed so, please fight for Nikita to win this poll/battle. GO!!! Nikita!

    • A. Bet says:

      Yeah, well ya got owned.

    • fringe says:

      Fringe has been renewed yeah!!!

    • levente says:


  2. Laurel says:

    No contest , renew Fringe.
    I like Nikita but Fringe is a better show.

  3. ana says:

    GO FRINGE!! NIKITA my ass

    • Chris N says:

      Although I enjoy Nikita’s ass, it’s going to be Fringe.

    • Cy says:

      Whoa, no need to diss the other show just because it’s going against your fave. Especially if you haven’t seen it, which I strongly suspect is the case. Otherwise, there’s no way you could not like Nikita. An action/romance/spy-thriller show that solid on all fronts hasn’t been on TV in a WHILE.

      • Simon Jester says:

        “Especially if you haven’t seen it, which I strongly suspect is the case. Otherwise, there’s no way you could not like Nikita.”

        I can’t speak for the OP, but I *have* seen NIKITA, and it’s an ALIAS wanna-be that does not even come close to the quality of the film upon which it is based. Whereas FRINGE is doing creating some truly original drama, and therefore gets my vote.

    • Sam says:

      No contest here. It’s ‘Fringe’ vs. ‘Chuck’ in the final. Two shows on the bubble with cult following.
      I think ‘Nikita’ will get renewed anyway. It’s been doing relatively solid business for CW ratings wise.

  4. ana says:

    GO FRINGE!! NIKITA my ass…OTH should have WON!

  5. Cat says:

    Fringe FTW!

  6. Joe says:

    Definitely Fringe hands down!

  7. Sam says:

    Come on we know that fringe will make it a new season! Renew Nikita!

  8. ann says:

    Nikita, though it looks like it’s going to end up being Chuck vs. Fringe. Wonder how that’s going to play out.

  9. Jennifer says:


  10. Javi says:

    FRINGE is one of the best shows on TV… FRINGE FTW!!!

  11. Sabrina Shaw says:

    Nikita. And lets not trash talk either show please, thanks.

    • Kat says:

      “Nikita. And lets not trash talk either show please, thanks.”

      Is that like when people say “Please don’t flame me for saying something dumb, but…”

      • Sabrina Shaw says:

        That’s exactly what I am talking about….

        • Wow says:

          Hehe- Lets’s see how long til she get’s it, folks. :)

          • Louise says:

            Fairly certain you’re the one missing the point here buddy.
            1. S.S says I like Nikita, it’s not nice to mock and belittle other people’s opinions.
            2. Kat mocks and belittles.
            3. S.S says you’ve just proved my point exactly.
            4. You underline S.S’s point further.
            btw, I like both shows, but voted Nikita.

      • Cy says:

        No, it’s like saying, “let’s agree to disagree.” NIKI fans are gonna vote NIKITA and Fringe fans are gonna vote Fringe. End of story. No need to diss the other show, especially if you’ve never watched it.

      • Susan says:

        Clearly you have nothing better to do than trash a show and say that liking that show is “dumb”. Its just a poll, get over yourself.

  12. Bokkie says:

    I say nikita only because fringe vs chuck in the final could be too tight for my liking, so I didn’t vote for nikita, I voted against fringe! haha.

    • Rachel says:

      haha, but you know that’s what it’s going to come down to! Fringe vs. Chuck. Now THAT’s a tough decision. This one’s easy – Fringe!!

      • sashay says:

        It will be the only exciting match in the whole thing! Everything else looked like really easy wins to get to this point. Go Fringe!

  13. John Berggren says:

    I think Nikita will do well on CW. Fringe needs to survive though. Love love love Fringe :). If CW has a spot to fill though – hold tight if Fringe needs a new home!

  14. chase says:

    nooo… i love watching them both!

  15. Adolph Oliver Bush says:


  16. Kat says:

    How the hell was this even a contest?

    Fringe FTW

  17. Kate says:

    Uh-oh. Even though I like both shows, this is a no-contest. Fringe all the way!

  18. Clara says:

    Nikita NEEDS to get renewed by the CW no matter what!
    Fringe is a good show also.
    But Nikita gets my vote because for only its first season with 16 episodes so far,
    It’s gotten me more and more invested into the show every episode.
    NO other show I’ve ever watched has done that.
    Never missed an episode.
    Exciting storylines with so many paths it could take.
    Legitimate fight sequences.
    Superb acting.
    Nikita all the way!!!

  19. TheRiffRaff says:

    No Competition, FRINGE all the way to the end. Sorry Chuck, consistency is what its all about.

  20. Pat says:

    I’m sure im not alone here when i called it at the very beginning: Fringe vs. Chuck in the final round.

  21. Rich says:

    We’re getting closer and closer to a Chuck/Fringe showdown!

  22. Potch says:

    Ew. Does anyone even WATCH Nikita?

  23. Michelle says:

    Why do the TV gods hate me? I love both, but I voted for Fringe.

  24. Rachel says:


    p.s: fringe is great too, but Nikita deserves to win!

    • sashay says:

      Doesn’t matter how many times you type it, you’re still only one person, and one vote. Nikita is going down! Still, she put up a pretty good fight. I hope for your sake it gets renewed. I’m surprised she has such a fan base. I expected the show would only appeal to fan-boys (seeking hot chicks in skimpy wear; in a genre setting).

    • sashay says:

      Grrrrrr Michael, don’t tell me I’m putting in duplicate posts, when it won’t even post my initial one. You need a software engineer (OK maybe someone just in IT) to fix these constant glitches.

    • niki says:

      Yeah! Nikita FTW

  25. Mattie B says:

    I love Nikita, and voted for Nikita, but the Fringe fans are far too prevalent online for me to think it has a chance in hell in this match-up.

    But thank god Nikita won the last round. I thought OTH was supposed to end two years ago.

  26. blah says:

    OMG im pumped to see a Fringe/Chuck showdown…i don’t watch either of the shows but that…is going to be entertaining. SPN <3

  27. KNR says:

    I love Nikita, and agree that it definitely should get renewed. But, I have to go with my favorite show on tv – FRINGE!

  28. Storm says:

    Oh no !! This is too hard ! I love them both ! . . . I can’t choose !

  29. real1 says:

    Fringe no question or even to think about any thing else !

  30. Kaelity says:

    I like Nikita but it will always be Fringe for me. Best show on TV that’s all.

  31. Michael says:

    Nikita all the way. Nothing against Fringe, but Nikita is a kick ass show. Nikita has everything it takes to be a true hit show with a loyal and growing following.

  32. Petra says:

    But if I have a gun to my head, Fringe.

  33. susan says:

    Fringe! Its a great show & it keeps getting better.

  34. Ravenwing263 says:

    You apparently worked REALLY hard to pit “Fringe” against the one show on the bubble I would actually feel bad voting against.

    I really want to be watching both of these shows next year.

    But “Fringe” gets the nod.

  35. Kelly says:

    NIKITA all the way!!!!!

  36. TJCrinc says:

    ive never seen an episode of fringe, but every episode of nikita. more nikita please!

  37. Lea says:

    I can’t vote because I’m on my phone but tomorrow I will vote for Fringe !! I’m not watching Nikita and I want to but even if I will love Nikita, Fringe have to get a season 4. This show is suspensefull, heartbreaking, thrilling, fascinating, funny, full of love with a beautiful father/son relationship and between an FBI agent and a man from an other universe. We have awesome charactres played by talend actors (Where are the Emmys for John Noble and Anna Torv?), awesome writers, we have Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman, J.J Abrams and we have one thing that any other show could have : GENE !!

  38. Sourabh says:

    Looks like Fringe is about to destroy the fabric of Nikita’s universe.

  39. M says:

    I voted for Fringe just because Nikita will most likely get a Season 2. The CW doesn’t have alot going for them. LOL. Fox is the one who’s trigger happy!

  40. Ms. Snark says:

    I watch them both, think Nikita is getting better but vote FRINGE, all the way.

  41. Cy says:

    OMG! NIKITA! NIKITA!!! The only way so many ppl could vote against it is if they haven’t seen it. It’s an incredible show–great writing, acting and fight scenes. Plus, you won’t find more kickass women anywhere on TV today!

  42. Simone says:

    I can’t vote for both? Darn. Of course Fringe is going to win this one. It’s on a larger network with a larger audience. But I have to vote for the underdog/my personal favorite: Nikita. All the way. Fringe is great, but I’m addicted to Nikita.

    • sashay says:

      I’m so glad that they didn’t include Supernatural in this voting. Supernatural vs. Fringe? Now THAT would have been difficult. Fringe vs. Nikita, or even Chuck vs. Fringe? Easy! Sorry, but your sexy little show is toast.

  43. nikita fan says:

    nikita all the way
    nikita is the best

  44. Mike says:

    Let me make this easy for everyone. The answer is ALWAYS Fringe!

  45. RecceR says:

    This is not going to make the netoworks renew a show just because of online votes, if the ratings are not there they will cancel it no matter what.

  46. TV Gord says:

    Nikita has action and eye candy, but Fringe has heart. I’m for Fringe!

  47. Jenny says:

    I love Nikita. I really do. But Fringe is my child. I’ve been there since the beginning, watched it grow and now it has multiple personalities and it needs me to take care of it now.

  48. Jane says:

    Fringe till the end! <3

  49. Cass says:

    These are generally difficult, as I often like both shows real well–as it is in this case. That said, FRINGE. FRINGE FRINGE FRINGE. Without a shadow of a doubt. I hope both get renewed–after all, they are on different networks and don’t compete in the same time slot, either. So it’s very possible. Nonetheless–FRINGE.

    • MarkAlmighty says:

      NIKITA all the way! I also love Fringe, but Nikita is amazing.
      But whatever, Fringe is already renewed. And Nikita is the second most watched show in The CW, so most likely it will get renewed.

      Oooh, Chuck will be in the final round. I LOVE CHUCK! Will definitely vote for it!