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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  1. doctad says

    I think it was a shame that they cancelled Alcatraz. It was an interesting concept and I will miss it. Has anyone, other than me, noticed the flood of “reality” shows like the “The Voice” and “Dancing with Stars” (to name a couple) and how prolific those type of mindless shows are? How many shows do we need to show some type of talent or skill that someone has? I really don’t get into those shows, but I guess since America is overweight “The Biggest Loser” is more appealing to everyone who is overweight (like me). Whatever happened to fantasy programming? I liked Alcatraz….I am sorry it is gone. I don’t see why they didn’t try to continue it in a different time slot (so it was not competing with “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars”,

  2. says

    we staff all watch the show and we have the dvd and we think it was an awesome show. we just can’t beleive that FOX cancled the show just after one season. This show was great and we was looking forward to season 2. we are very disappointed that it’s not on anymore. why they did it i don’t know all i know is that we all are pissed and we like to see alcatraz do their series 2.

  3. brian says

    Your competing with some of the best shows, and you still have millions of viewers. I would say your doing great! You leave people hanging and we are going to be much slower at getting into your next tv series.

  4. anon says

    This was a great show that I (25yr old) and my grandmother (72yr old) really enjoyed watching together. We couldnt wait for the episode each week. So disappointed those questions will remain unanswered

  5. Marc M says

    Wow.. keep TOUCH and get rid of Alcatraz?

    Touch is one of the stupidest shows going…

    The story makes no sense, they just make random stuff up as they go and none of it has to follow any plot line since they can just tie it in with some random number.

  6. katytn says

    If you’re going to cancel a show that’s premise is “how did that happen”, why couldn’t you answer that question first?!?!

  7. says

    I think it was an awesome show cant beleive that the corprate cancled the show after one season. the show was awesome. if not puttingit on the air go straight to dvd. or make a movie i know many other people would love to see it back on.

  8. Sheila says

    Have waited all year to see the show again. Thought maybe in early 2013 it would be airing again, but now see that it is cancelled. Lots of people DVR’ed the show so as not to miss it. This show was a lot better than most of the stuff that comes out of Hollywood.

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