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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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Melanie May 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! Was so excited for season 2 and now they stopped it.



Dorothy May 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

Such a pity. Would love a second season!


Connie April 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

It seems that all networks judge their shows by the number of viewers on the coasts. Try remembering that there are people in the middle of the country who watch TV also.


Whiskey April 17, 2015 at 1:58 am

As a faithful viewer when the show was on I was really disappointed when season 2 didn’t come out. Great show. FOX BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!


Whiskey April 17, 2015 at 1:55 am

As a faithful viewer when it was airing, I really hated that Alcatraz was cancelled. BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!! Loved this show so much. I wouldn’t have minded if it was moved to another night.


Brenda April 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Bring it back! Fox could have moved it to another night/time slot as it ‘died’ due to other shows at the same time viewed by people not into Science Fiction but in to dance and singing. I believe it would be a hit now! Hated that Touch was canceled, too!


Jhez April 13, 2015 at 4:32 am

**** , I REALLY LOVE ALCATRAZ … it’s so interesting but they shelved it out they must do it again and air it for the fans !!!!


Julie April 2, 2015 at 3:42 am

I bought the DVD & it loved the show & to leave it like that is just wrong if they don’t want to air it then release the dvd


Corinne March 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Am really unhappy you ended the series like that then cancelled it you do it all the time now I agree I think I’ll stop watching fox tv for good


Legoman March 14, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Todays generation has the attention span of a six year old ! Schools don’t teach history
earlier than 1980. So Alcatraz must be fiction.


Sarahwho February 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

You suck! EVERY good show that comes on, you cancel! I believe I will JUST STOP WATCHING FOX! Take that RATING MORONS!


Sharon February 10, 2015 at 5:22 am

At least give the people some sort of conclusion, what happened to the movie that was going to fill in the gaps.


Anonymous January 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

loved it, we need season two, finish what you started?


Kisha January 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

I love the show. Why not ask cancel a thing. Bring the show back.


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