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Alcatraz: Cancelled; No Season Two

canceled Alcatraz on FOXFOX has thrown away the key on Alcatraz. The J.J. Abrams thriller has been cancelled after one season and 13 episodes.

Alcatraz follows the investigations of police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Doctor Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia). They work to uncover how 340 inmates and guards disappeared from the infamous prison in 1963 and why they’re now reappearing looking just the same. The show also features the talents of Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Jason Butler Harner, and Sam Neill.

Fueled by a lot of promotion, the TV series was launched in January and drew good reviews and strong numbers. The two-hour premiere attracted a 3.3 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic with 10.05 million total viewers. Opposite some tough competition from CBS, Alcatraz was in second place in its timeslots.

In week two, the demo slipped 9% to a still respectable 3.0 rating with 9.03 million. Week three dropped another 7%. That wasn’t positive but not horrible either but the ratings just kept falling.

Should FOX have cancelled Alcatraz?

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In February, NBC launched season two of The Voice and Alcaraz’s ratings took a big dive. They ropped 18% on February 6th and then another 17% on the 13th. The numbers just kept falling after that.

The two-hour season (now series) finale was in fourth place in the timeslots and averaged a disappointing 1.6 demo rating with 4.76 million total viewers.

The first season of Alcatraz ended up averaging a 2.2 demo rating with 6.74 million viewers — and those numbers would have dropped lower had there been more episodes.

On our FOX report card — which ranks the network’s shows based on demo averages — Alcatraz has a “C” and that just wasn’t good enough to get a renewal.

FOX chose to keep Touch instead but the network stays in business with producer J.J. Abrams via the network’s Fringe renewal.

What happened? It would seem that Alcatraz just wasn’t compelling enough to keep viewers returning week after week. Plus, for the first time in quite awhile, all three of the major networks had really strong programming on Monday nights. Two of the competing shows — The Voice and Dancing with the Stars — are reality competitions and many viewers feel compelled to watch them “live” rather than catch them online or via DVR recordings.

All 13 episodes of Alcatraz have aired and the last episode left viewers wondering what would happen next. Unless the producers decide to share what they had in mind for season two, we’ll never know the answers to the show’s mysteries.

What do you think? Why do you think Alcatraz failed to hold onto a bigger audience? Did FOX make a mistake by cancelling the series? What will you miss about it?


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nona October 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

they can’t just cancel it it’s cruel
i just wanna know what happened it can’t end like this << panic


endy October 14, 2014 at 2:15 am

No No No No this can’t be the end. i want the next, i am writting this from Sudan by this you should know that how the series is very nice and need to continue.


lisa October 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I liked the season 1 so i hope there will be a season 2


walid October 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

Yes, i will miss it. i enjoyed S1 and would like to have S2


Hadil younis October 8, 2014 at 7:46 am

I really enjoyed the show and found it interesting and exciting canceling this show is very big mistake and the curiosity is killing me to know what happen with them , Really i hope Fox make another season of it better than those stupid reality shows


R &A Mckellar October 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Watched box set for a 2nd time hoping that the box set would include series 2. disappointed to find it was cancelled and having enjoyed for a second time feel cheated as really wanted to know what happened next instead been left hanging. Many in uk seem to share our disappointment. Hope Fox / WB will reconsider screening series 2.


Ty September 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

Wrong wrong wrong! Amazing series unfolding the lives of prisoners it has soooo much more to offer. Personally sounds more like a bad schedule than bad show!
Bring it back there are too many stupid reality show dancin n dancing we need escapism and Alcatraz gave us it.


Vicki September 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I don’t have TV services. I buy movies and TV series that i want to watch. This was an excellent show. Kept you wondering whT was going to happen, what the final outcome of the experiment would be and was the key really for gold or something more sinister concerning the experiment. I hate that the show was canceled. I would have bought more seasons of it. I havefriends who watched it on TV. They say they would have continued to watch it. Not everyone likes the reality shows.


emh1213 July 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I get really frustrated when a show like this is cancelled and the viewers are left with no resolution to the plot! I thoroughly enjoyed this show and would have continued to watch for at least another season or two.

Since viewers feel compelled to watch competition-based reality shows in real time, many shows like Alcatraz are watched on-demand at a later time. Another post made an excellent point – does the network take into consideration of these after-air viewership numbers? If not, the network is doing us all a disservice, including themselves. Really sad to see a relatively intelligent show like this one get dumped when there is so much moronic garbage out there that gets renewed season after season.


Jrfraser July 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm have the point. We need season 2 to find the truth. Just like X-files. That will gives us the ideas and the technologies will come around in this decade.


shree June 8, 2014 at 1:29 am

i loved the show… n its just bad that Fox cannot take a couple of thorns in the road and stick by something that it started…i will miss Alcatraz


joyc jamieson June 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

We need second show


Sarah June 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Well I thought it was a great show and more than a bit peed it was cancelled!
Who, what, where, when. Really? ! I’m sure, as previously suggested, if placed in a different time slot in the US the ratings would be much better and as for over here in the UK, WE LOVED IT!


adrian May 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

why not try again in a new time slot people in the uk still what to see the show on air again


D April 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

It’s unfair to the viewers that stuck with and were invested in the show to not explain anything that happened and was hinted at. shows should be wrapped up and provide A satisfying ending


Ted February 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I loved the show, but do to sports I always missed the showings on TV, so I watched the episodes either on On Demand or on Hulu. Did Fox ever check to see how many people watched it on those type of after air websites? It was one of my favorite shows and really intrigued me. I wish that they would make more episodes. It was a fantastic show and it always kept me wondering what would happen next.


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