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. Erin says

    I don’t understand why Alcatraz is even in question. It is very well written and has the twist of drawing in the viewer to help solve some of the questions. That is acceptional in a tv show. This show should be on for a number of years, with all the stories that come from that place. Maybe the reason that viewers don’t seem to be watching is because of the network shifting it around so many times that it was hard to find it on the tv….at least in my neck of the woods. Find a slot, put there and LEAVE it there. Like Saturday night ….it sucks and could use an excellent story on that night. Or Thursday….just leave it there so a person can see it. BRING IT BACK!!! It is a great show and is too good not too. Thank-you for a place to comment. E

  2. chad says

    how can you make one season only and leave us hanging like that, please bring it back
    please make atleast so 10 season then you can stop it

  3. Vicky Rulo says

    Alcatraz is a very good show, it left you wanting more each week, it left you sitting on the edge of your set wondering who was going to pop up next, I have waited for along time to find out who was behind it all and why, and how they made them all vanish and how they did it and why they brought them all back one by one and what was they looking for.please renew for season 2 it would be a shame for those of us who loved the show not to get to finish finding out what it was all about. cancelling Alcatraz would not be fair for us who loved the show. it also makes it hard for people to get interrested in other show s if were not sure it going to come make for a second season……..thank you!

  4. Rachel says

    please please bring alcatraz back i loved it and have been waiting patiently for it to come back to fox it left me hanging and i want to know what happened

  5. Jack says

    pls bring out season two… loved season won and would love to watch it till the end. Don’t start it and then leave us hanging on. Keep on making them… please…

  6. Vickie Schoenberg says

    I pray it doesn’t cancel we absolutely love this show and have waiting for it to come back on and were wondering when it would show up. So has it been cancelled for 2013 or when does it start up again?

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