Breakout Kings: Cancelled; No Season Three

Breakout Kings no season 3A&E has cancelled their crime drama, Breakout Kings after two seasons and 23 episodes. It seems this case is closed.

Breakout Kings follows a squad of U.S. Marshals who make special deals with prisoners to catch escaped convicts. The cast includes Laz Alonso, Domenick Lombardozzi, Brooke Nevin, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, and Jimmi Simpson.

The series debuted in March 2011 to a 1.2 rating in the demo with 2.8 million viewers. The ratings declined in later weeks and the first season finale drew a 0.8 rating with 2.01 million.

Should Breakout Kings have been cancelled?

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In March 2012, the second season debuted with a 0.8 rating with 2.11 million. In that episode, many viewers were shocked to see Alonso’s lead character Charlie abruptly killed off. Alonso later told fans that leaving the show was not his idea.

Over the course of season two, the ratings for Breakout Kings further declined, hitting a low of a 0.5 rating with 1.27 million. The finale aired last month and A&E has decided they don’t want a third season.

Of the cancellation, Malcolm Goodwin (Shea on the series) tweeted, “So Breakout Kings is canceled. Thx to all 4 the luv & support over the last 2 seasons! It’s been a fun experience! Much luv! On to the next.”

The news comes soon after co-creator Matt Olmstead was signed to run NBC’s new fireman drama, Chicago Fire.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Breakout Kings won’t be back for a third season? Did Alonso leaving the series influence your watching the series?

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  1. Bernadette says

    Tell me that this isn’t so!!!! I’ve been patiently waiting for one of the best shows on TV to return. I’m a senior citizen who prides herself on picking winners in the TV lineup and this seemed like a sure winner. Why, why, why?? The network owes us one more shot at this at least to tidy up the ending. I miss the quirkiness of the cast and the comedic parts. Also if I missed it on prime time, I always caught up on On Demand. Did the network factor that in?

  2. Z says

    What king of idiots cancels an amazing show like that and leaves it sitting at a cliffhanger. That had to be my favorite show. The reason they started losing viewers is because the just randomly decided to take Alonso off the show. What kind or moron kills off one of the main characters. And his death wasn’t even epic. I bet most people thought he was gonna live from just one bullet, but apparently A&E has a bunch of morons overseeing it.

  3. Tom C. says

    This was a huge mistake on A & E’s part. If I were the show’s creator, I’d contact TNT and see if they might be interested in resurrecting this wonderful show.

  4. Cat says

    Why why why???? Everytime something new and interesting comes along they cancel it..Sorry that the Boss got killed off but the other actors are GREAT..I enjoyed the fact that for me most were new faces and that each show kept you on the edge of your seat..I hope that A & E reconsiders..I mean they leave other ones on they should have take off LONG ago..Breakout Kings should be RENEWED!!

  5. Adam Garener says

    Disappointed that this show has been cancelled. As a matter of fact, to be quite truthful, I had stopped watching the show after Laz Alonso’s character “Charlie” was killed off in the show. I think that had a lot to do with the drop in ratings.

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or was it a case of too many blacks in one spot.?

  6. Alexxx says

    If they knew the Show was cancelled why didn’t they gave a proper final to the series??? I’m tired of this.. A&E will never have my support anymore!! They don’t have respect for the fans

  7. Barry says

    What a great show….I am getting so sick and tired of these shows getting cancelled because the idiots at these networks did not like it. So what now, A&E makes room for another mindless useless reality show. How many more good SCRIPT WRITTEN shows will be cancelled for a useless show about a bachelor, or bachelorette, or a stupid race around the world. It’s enough of these shows. Give us some smartly written shows and no more of this fluff. Breakout Kings is a great show and should be renewed. I thought that these cable stations were smarter and better than the joke big Networks, I guess not.

  8. Stephanie says

    I LOVE this show. I just got my siblings hooked on it during a three day netflix spree, only to discover it was cancelled! I think they should have given it a better time and it would have gotten more viewers. Charlie was a great character and I was shocked when he died but that wasn’t the reason I didn’t watch most of season two, it was just poor timing. I can’t believe they left the show with a cliffhanger like that. If the cons had stayed true to Ray we could have gotten another season! Gah this is terrible news.

  9. Kaye says

    I was a huge fan of Prison Break but I LOVED Breakout Kings. It’s fresh and different then all the boring reality shows A&E has. No other network or show has really dived into the psych of people once they go away to prison. Granted Breakout Kings did have a formula to the show of a break out and then they catch the person usually within the hour run but I think the REAL show was watching the interaction and evolution of the characters, cons and marshalls. I think the writing did a good job of showing how the cons dealt with treading the fine line between being “free” but still incarcerated. I think real people in that situation would snap and run in most cases. Jimmi Simpson did an EXCELLENT job with the character he created. Its a shame he wasn’t given the chance to grow it further. Domenick Lombardozzi’s delivery of Ray has given me enough one-liners to last a good while. ie. “I said get rid of the three-ring circus, not add more tour dates!” Hilarious writing at times, BRAVO! Laz Alonso’s leaving was a surprise but not a disapointment because it opened the door for a multitude of possible storyline paths between the remaining characters. “Charlie” clearly provide the ever present conscience. I could see in Season 2 the team struggling with the fact they had to make good decisions on their own. Gave it a grittier feel reminiscent of The Wire.
    I do admit I would have to DVR it or watch the episodes online because of the odd time it aired on Sunday (!!) Come on, give it a decent time later in the week and the ratings are a sure thing 😉 Breakout Kings will be missed greatly!

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  11. mamie says

    I really enjoyed and liked this show a lot. I’m also very sad to hear that its been canceled. I’ve been waiting for new shows to watch, but I guess the waiting is over. All the characters did amazing jobs and I’m really going to miss this show.

  12. aden says

    i just discovered this series on netflix, and watched the whole thing in 2 days. that was the best show iv seen in a while, it was like a darker version of white collar. and it had the absolute worst ending of anything. even the ending to heroes was better than that.

    what kind of ******* ******* ends the show on a cliffhanger like that. if they were going to end it, they could have at least ended the last episode with some sign as whether they were going to turn on him or not.

    • Kaye says

      Wait…. Heroes had an ending?! I think not ::grumble:: Stupid NBC
      Anyway, I don’t think they would “roll” on Ray. He did a lot for them throughout the series and they were always the ones talking about being real and not snitching on family. That’s my opinion anyway :-) Guess we’ll never know, thanks A&E. Besides now I have more time to watch people play in other people’s garbage – said no one, EVER.

  13. Mo says

    This is a huge mistake to cancel the series like this! I was looking forward to a season 3 opening in the interrogation room with the 3 of them writing down the events of the day and seeing if they rat out Ray for throwing Damien off the building (which he deserved for putting everyone through hell all season long). It’s only fair for the fans of the show to see if Ray ends up going to jail or not. And also to see the 3 of them have their sentences end right there and then and see what happens next! That was a good cliffhanger and I’m really surprised and bummed that they’ve canceled the show. Also “Missing” was canceled, which is the best thriller/action/drama series that I’ve seen on TV since “24” with Jack Bauer, but “Missing” might have been even better because of the international locations that the series takes place in. That’s my 2 cents.

  14. Terri says

    Cancelled?!?! Not only was it the best show on TV for 2 years but the freshest, most interesting & most exciting TV in a long time! Not only was the storyline interesting, you most of all fell in love with the characters. They were flawed yet human & you grew to believe in them as ppl, not just cons. Killing off Charlie was a huge mistake & I think it had a hard time finding its footing after he died. You had just started seeing the characters as more than just cons & suddenly they were forced to deal with feelings like loyalty & trust out of the blue. PEASE DO NOT CANCEL BRAKOUT KING!!! You can wind back he clock a bit & watch the characters begin to grow. The fault of the production staff is that they made everything happen so quickly: season 1: Charlie dies. Season 2: Damien is thrown off a bldg! Don’t cancel it, just slow it down a bit.

  15. Darlene says

    Come on now what am I supposed to watch – this was the only thing on TV worthwhile watching please reconsider A&E or someone

    • Carla says

      Okay, my comments – first, I never subscribe to anything on the net, but this cancellation prompted me to. No, Laz Alonso’s leaving made no difference to me – his perpetual scowl meant nothing to me, and I recall allusions early on to his having a heart condition so I didn’t expect him to be around anyway. I REALLY liked this show a lot, the team worked well together, the writing stayed tight, and the 2nd season-ender was one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV (even if it hadn’t been a great cliffhanger, which it certainly was). It’s too bad the network didn’t take a chance on the word of mouth after it aired, which likely would have had more viewers lined up for another season. I hope someone reconsiders.

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