Alcatraz: Will It Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Alcatraz canceled, season twoWhen Alcatraz debuted, it looked like the show had a very good chance at being renewed for a second season. But how do things look now? Will the TV series be cancelled after all?

Alcatraz follows police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) as they try to solve the mystery of how 340 prison inmates and guards disappeared in 1963 and are now reappearing in modern day. The cast also includes Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Jason Butler Harner, and Sam Neill.

The TV show debuted with a solid 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.05 million total viewers. In week two, the demo slipped 9% to a still respectable 3.0 rating with 9.03 million. New shows typically fall 15-20% in their second week so this was a good sign. Week three dropped another 7%. That wasn’t positive but not horrible either.

Unfortunately, the ratings have just kept falling. In February, NBC kicked off the second season of The Voice and Alcaraz took a big hit, dropping 18% on February 6th and then another 17% on the 13th. And the numbers just keep going down. Last week’s episode was a series low with a 2.1 in the demo.

For the first time in many years, the big networks all have really strong programming on Monday nights and FOX has ended up on the bottom. House, which is in its final season, keeps dropping and so does Alcatraz.

TV show supportAlcatraz’s season average is currently a 2.3 in the demo with 7.1 million. On our FOX report card — which ranks the network’s shows based on demo averages — Alcatraz has a “C.” Terra Nova, which has already been cancelled, had a better demo average and has a “C+”. When a show that was performing better than yours has been cancelled, that’s not a good sign.

Alcatraz is definitely on the bubble but, in light of the downward ratings trend, I expect it to be cancelled by May. There’s just no reason to expect that the series will do any better if given a second season.

But, what do you think? Do you think Alcatraz will beat the odds and be renewed for a second season? Should it be cancelled?

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  1. miki says

    My wife and i love this series!Finally something fresh!We are hoping that it will be renewed as it is an awesome show.So many questions,not enough answers.Makes us come back for more.We love it!

  2. MARY MEAD says

    Bring back this show. Why are you canceling the good ones and leaving
    RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, That show is worthless, So is how I met your mother.
    Two and 1/2 men is so DIRTY, I wouldn’t watch it if I was paid to. If it was the only show on, I would get rid of the TV

  3. Michelle says

    Please bring it back! my neighbors and I love it and the story line was really getting good! We really need to know what is behind the door with weird keys, who caused all this to happen and most importantly WHERE HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE BEEN,that didnt AGE? Please bring it back or better yet,sci fi pick it up! The show is perfect for your viewers! Please just bring it back somehow. We need to know if Rebecca lived!

    • Bridget says

      Please bring back Alcatraz I do not know the demographics that were used to determine Alcatraz success. However, I do not think that it was our location everyone I know watched and loved this series.

  4. dawn says

    It took a lot of imagination to create this show and we all need an escape from reality…even if it is only an hour a week. No company can be #1 every night and every time slot….let’s be realistic in the real world.

  5. dawn says

    Keep it ….we all need an escape from reality once in a while and this really took some imagination to create. No company can be #1 slot all the time

  6. Melissa says

    Please bring the show back. I have been waiting forever for a good show. And when one comes along you guys want to cancel it. Please don’t. Me and my husband enjoyed watching it

  7. says

    we are waiting for the show to start up again. please don’t cancel this show you have already canceled tera nova one of the show that my husband and i coukdn’t wait to warch

  8. Paul says

    My family & I have ejoyed watching alcatraz from day one, entill the end of the season. Now waiting for the second season to begin very soon hopefully . (PLEASE !!! )

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