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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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walter October 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Fox brought back Family Guy WHY cant they bring back this show or put it on FX? I know that show would be a bigger hit especially after leaving us hanging at the end of the last episode. Monday’s are a hit for most of those dancing and Music reality shows so maybe change the day and/or time slot and see what it does. Not a sermon, Just a thought.


Aly October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I loved it! I heard it might be cancelled, and was really hoping that it wouldn’t! What a shame! I am on the same page as everybody else…… really need at least 2 seasons to evaluate whether it is going to be a winner. I know it would have been scheduled to record on my dvr.


alana race October 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Man this really sucks !!! I’ve waiting to find out what happens and now Fox has cancelled the show. It was a great show too!! It would have gotten higher rates if they had of moved it to a different time slot I think.


dragonfly October 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I think they should bring it back and put it in a different time slot! Bc then it might be a bigger hit and more of an audience rating!


Quintin October 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

I really don’t think they gave it a good shot. I think a show should at least get a second season to grow. I loved it personally. Really looked forward to seeing it every week! Top on the DVR. They really need to re consider!


Familia October 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

Best show on TV since Fringe! What a shame Fox…what a shame.


Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

Fox you such how is it that you cancel a show after the first season Alcatraz had potential what a waste why don’t you get rid of the talent shows first


Shelly October 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I have been waiting for the new season to begin.. I can’t believe this was canceled! This show was fantastic!


D. Davis October 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

I really was looking forward to season 2


Mrs. Hurner October 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

I had been waiting for the new season to start. I am sooooo disappointed. They really should have given this more time. It wouldn’t have been a flash in the pan. It had substance, history, action and so much more. I liked it better than “Law and Order” and I was a big fan of that for many years.


Jason Larzelere October 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

This was one of the ONLY shows watched on Fox, I can’t believe Fox didn’t even give it a chance,, Thanks a lot!!


joan van dijk October 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

i enjoyed alcatraz very much here in south africa rebecca had just been stabbed and that was our last episode i hope they at least ley us know if she is ok i would have thought people would be fed up with all these reality shows which some of them are just plain rubish and you have to put up with the pompus simon cowle these would be singers and stars as judges earn to much money as it is but i guess its all the teenagers who watch them keep them on the air and rateings and money is what counts i surpose


Michele October 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

I really enjoyed this show & thought it was a good twist on the many legends of Alcatraz. I enjoyed the actors that they were using. I was so looking forward to see what happened this season. I am so tired that every show has to be a reality based TV show. I am so disappointed in FOX!!!


David Cushman October 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

My family and I were big fans of Alcatraz, watched it every week, and looked forward to season 2. This was a series “with legs.” I can’t imagine why Fox decided to walk away from its investment when this show had so much promise. Fox has made a huge mistake.


Carole October 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Sooooo sick and tired of “talent/dancing” shows! This show had such an interesting plot and….heaven forbid…actually taught some interesting history facts!! Way to go FOX :(


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