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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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John September 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Very very disappointed that this show got canceled. Was one of the most interesting shows. FOX made a mistake cancelling this show.


Sandee September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I am so tired of networks canceling shows I can hardly wait to watch!!! I believe the audience should matter, that would be me!!! My husband and I really enjoyed “Alcatraz.” We liked the characters and the actors who portrayed them. The storyline was unique and interesting! With all the different channels there should have been room for a show like this! We watched “Touch” but did get bored with the the dad losing his son over and again…we didn’t watch each episode and then stopped. If networks insist on canceling first seasons shows I wish they would at least end the show right, available on DVD!!!


NikkiA September 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

My husband and I watched this show every week! I’m so sad to hear it won’t be back :(


The Doctor September 28, 2012 at 3:52 am

Do you expect anything less from the network that killed Firefly?


Bridget September 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Very disappointed!!! Bring it back!


Jenn September 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

very sad to hear this :( very rarely do i have a chance to watch TV (AND control the remote!) and i was looking forward to finding a new episode on On Demand – which is normally how i’d watch alcatraz.

it was a great mix of psychopathology, criminology, history, developing love stories… bring it back please!!!


Anita September 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Super bummed! Was really looking forward to another season – I thought it was super interesting. :(


Amy September 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

People Just don’t want to know the past. That Alcatraz Is Important to the PAST. We Should learn from that TIME.


Chris September 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It was our favorite show of the season last year, what a disappointment, C’mon Fox


Kathy September 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I loved it!!! Wish it wasn’t canceled!! : ( I thought it was very interesting!!


Ed R September 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Sad that the cancelled Alcatraz. Just wish someone would cancel Fox TV. What a waste!!!


jim September 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I found it fun and interesting. You should’ve at least gone one more season to end it right.


Anna September 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Sad & Disappointed!!!!! I am so upset to learn that this great show is not returning!!! I was enjoying the history, the beautiful sites of San Francisco . Why is it that the shows have to be competing with other shows on other networks??? Just let us the people decide what we want to watch & leave it at that. Gee Wiz!!! We loved it & was always looking forward to the next week with a new story. Thanks a lot Fox:( Very poor decision making!!!!


Miss Vickie September 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This show was GREAT! I am shocked to find out that it has been canceled. I didn’t watch it on the day it aired, but the next day on Comcast On Demand. Doesn’t that count for ratings. I’ve been waitint all summer for it to return. I sure hope that Fox will reconsider.


Angry September 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Why is it every time I really love a show some d***head decides to cancel it. This show was great and I am very upset that it was cancelled. I am going to send a letter to Fox and let them know also, if you enjoyed the show you should do the same maybe if enough complain maybe just maybe they will bring it back… Just sayin


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