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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.

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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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Olga February 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Very disappointing! we were waiting for these TV series for almost 1 year and now all fell down(( I’m really sad(
it was one of the best TV series that I’ve seen
and the ending was really cliffhanger!


Jerry Kutche January 31, 2013 at 9:34 am

Why do they cancel the good shows but keep the silly ass crap..

I am about done with Television…

Fox is notorious for keeping us hanging at the akward ending of great series..



Ashleigh M January 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I loved Alcatraz! I’m sooooooo sad and disappointed that it was cacelled!!!! How will we ever find out what was going on!


nicole d January 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Loved season 1 ……. I really cant believe fox would do that im hoping maybe usa or fx or any other network may pick it up


candy January 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm

This sucks!! I was disappointed when i heard season 2 wasn’t gonna happen. I was really into this show. Now u leave us hanging on what happen 2 the other prisoners. Good casting people too. I loved the girl & hr helper forget their names lol. Bring it back even if it’s next year. Fox needs 2 fit this show back in.


Anonymous January 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Fox is crazy not to bring this show back! !!!!!!!!


Julie January 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

WHAT!? That was a great show! Not fair Fox!!! You didn’t give it a chance. Why not try a different time slot/time? I agree with Nicole….you don’t start a story like that and not finish it. Please rethink this….I was looking forward to watching another season!


Maria January 22, 2013 at 5:25 am

I began wundering why alcatraz didn’t come back whit season 2, so I startet searching and found this! :O
I’m from Denmark and we loved the Series!! Bring it back now! It’s a great storyline and much more prisoners to explore! You cannot end it!


Lance in Orlando, Fl. January 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Darn shame, FOX had another winner and they failed to see it. They should have at least tried for another half season/mid season replacement. Great cast, good story line, so much more to explore….. sad.


thomas January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

This was a great show It should be brought back been lookin forward too seeing more of it if ratings was the problem move it to an diff slot an day but don’t jus take it away one of the better police shows on it was nice new fresh an exciting whatwatch now boo fox


adam January 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

bring it back this only just finshed airing in new zealand this week it had a great story line with good casting way better than another singing or cooking show


Robin January 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Really…I was so looking forward to the next season. To be left hanging like this is wrong. I loved the first season! Please bring it back!


Phil January 19, 2013 at 3:48 am

This series is awesome, I can’t believe it’s been cancelled without finishing the story. Bring it back!!!!!


Dameon Elder January 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Bring back this series!


Nicole January 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I hadn’t heard of the series until I saw it in the library, I rented it and watched the whole season in less than two days and now it’s over?!?! Not fair, Fox! Imagine how pissed the Twilighters would be if they never made part 2 of the final movie! We can’t be left clueless :(


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