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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  1. justin says

    This was an awesome show about Alcatraz loved the mystery that’s what brings people back but putting it on a night with reality shows was dumb they should have known that was going to happen they need to bring this show back they could rival some of the other channels with this. Cause right now Fox is being blown out of the water.

  2. rino says

    what a wate fox has on other shows and cancel something interesting spicve it up fox and bring it back bunch of morons deciding there.why u keep crap shows and cancel good ones?

  3. Raşit says

    the show of alcatras should have definetely been progressed after finishing of the first season they published and all of mistrious events could have been solved by the other unshowed seasons. If any possibility to consider the lovers thoughts by the producers, It is better to listen them . this is all I can say.

  4. Jonathan says

    Really why watch anything any more they just get canceled there is a lot what been canceled it gay here is like the top 3 shows i like what been canceled Heros, jericho, Legend of the Seeker Theres alot more why even bother watching anything anymore just gets canceled right when it gets good

    • Jennifer R Fraser-Taylor says

      Not enough evidence to revealed all criminals and guards from the Alcatraz. They let Rebecca died and Tommy got away? Hauser and Lucy need to get married? Dr Soto goes nowhere except signing comics books. I wanted to see the happy ending not sad ending…13 is unlucky number. Please one more show to revealed the evidence and the happy ending. That is all I need to say…

  5. Steve says

    The majority of the American TV watching public is brain dead and don’t want to think, or can’t think anymore. When show like “Hollywood hillbillies” which is moronic crap, is still on. I’m surprised that the “walking dead is so popular I guess that is because nothing stupid is on the other channels.

  6. says

    Why??? I have the DVD of Alcatraz. Only one season??? Come on.. I want to see more on TV and collect more of DVDs. FOX made the bad move. I bet the actors were not happy with FOX network. Good luck..

  7. carmack says

    I really wish Fox would bring back the TV series Alcatraz. The show was very interesting and I can’t believe they just cut off the season like that, leaving people hanging without even finishing what was started…very upsetting! That’s most certainly a good way to get a bad name and worse ratings for future sitcoms. Fox made a huge mistake. Please consider bringing the show back!

  8. Geoff says

    The big problem with this series was that the producers seemed to be playing the audience: most episodes had a single story-line running through them (the capture of an inmate), topped and tailed by a few scenes from the on-running story of what happened in the past. It felt like two unrelated stories that the producers were keeping apart to retain the flexibility to mix and match episodes and tops/tails . But this is deeply dissatisfying for the viewer, who wants at his or her core to find out WHY all this is going on, and desires each week’s show to reveal something as an integral part of that episode’s story. To slap it on at the end smacks of a blatant attempt to manipulate us into coming back for more – people are not stupid, so they just switch off. So in summary: great concept ruined by a ham-fisted episode structure and non-integrated story-lines. Better luck next time JJ!

  9. says

    I am still waiting for Fox to renew Alcatraz for two or three more seasons.

    Fox really left a lot of people hanging when they ended the series so suddenly. Even though the ratings were down the show was so good it left you wanting to see more. So ratings are not all they are cracked up to be. A show can be so good that it dose not have to have good ratings to be a great show. Touched on the other hand should have been canceled and not renewed for a second season. So please renew Alcatraz for another season or two.

    Also they left a lot of Questions un answered. Like these.
    What happened to the warden?
    What happened to the rest of the guards?
    What happened to the rest of the Inmates?
    How did they leave the island with no one seeing them leave?
    which one will come back next?

  10. Lindsay says

    I found it interesting that the show used the history of real people and crimes along with the fiction of their storyline. I wish they had tried giving it another year with a different time slot.

  11. Lucas says

    I understand ratings were down. Why not give it a new time slot or a different night without those reality tv shows. I liked this show a lot and don’t watch that other junk. I really hope they reconsider and just move it to where there is less competition with junk

  12. Kris says

    I just found this out, after wondering why I saw one of the actors on a different show. Every time there is a good program on Fox they end up cancelling it. I really hate it when they leave you hanging, wondering what was going to happen. The least they could have done was give it at least a two year run. I know I’d rather watch this then any of those incredibly idiotic reality shows. Great move Fox.

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