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. bill strickland says

    It is so hard to find good shows on television these days and with Alcatraz being cancelled, the list narrows. Please bring it back and answer the many questions the show presented in its plot. If it continues, i hope its not like the show Lost where it started out well, but the writing could not find its way out to a conclusion.

  2. margaret says

    Why were the ratings lowering there must
    have been a reason other than the
    storyline, which was great by the way.
    I am waiting for the 2nd season and others
    to follow. I want to find out about all the other
    prisners etc. Please put Alkatraz back on. Thanks

  3. Mary says

    Why would you cancel Alcatraz? We looked forward to watching it – a good show!
    not enough sex? not enough violence? to PC? not enough Hollywood special effects?
    all we have to say about all of that is: GOOD!
    Please reconsider and bring it back!

  4. Sherry says

    We LOVE Alcatraz and were hooked, please don’t tell me it was cancelled! When good shows like this get cancelled after getting you hooked’s just not right.. makes you not want to watch anything because you don’t know if it’s going to stay on!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. says

    Alcatraz RULED! It is a shame that the network should take it off the air. Too bad our society is so shallow that reality(really???!!!) shows can beat out creative writing and good acting. just goes to show that imagination is no longer a virtue!

  6. says

    Alcatraz is a good show and should be renewed for a second season. I liked watching it because you don’t know who will show up next when or where.

    Also there are still so many Questions that still needs to be answered.

    Where are the other Inmates, The Guards, and the Warden?

    What happened to Tommy Madsen after he stabbed Rebecca Madsen?

    When will the others make an apperance?

    How will they be taken down and stopped? Ect.

    All of these qusetions can not be answered if they cancel the series.

    So pleses find a way to renew it and take touched of the air for good. Touch should have been the one that was canceled not Alcatraz.

  7. Daniel says

    I’ve been checking my tv every day to see season 2 return. I’m am now so pissed off. I’ve been sending hat emails to fox. ALCATRAZ was the best show ever!!!!!

  8. nicole says

    I will be so crushed if this show doesn’t come back for another season!!! My husband and I love this show and is one that we actually both enjoy watching! PLEASE DON’T CANCEL ALCATRAZ!!!!!

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