Alcatraz wrapped up its 13-episode first season finale on March 26, 2012 with a total of 4.75 million viewers on FOX — claiming the 13th spot out of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012). The finale presented a 2.18 in the demo with 6.74 million viewers as an average for the entire first season. By the look of these numbers, TV Guide asked the series Boss Daniel Pyne about the possibility of Alcatraz season 2 after the airing of the finale and he says ” I don’t know. I wish the numbers had been better last night. I mean they weren’t terrible. But we keep just slipping a little bit, which I’m not wild about. Is it the night we’re on? is it the competition we’re up against?”
The sci-fi series created by the eminent producer/director J.J. Abrams debuted on FOX with a dignified number of more than 10 million viewers — bagging the 2nd spot on the timeslot.
The series pilot received mixed reviews from fans and critics. Metacritic denoted a “generally favorable reviews” with a score of 63/100. Unfortunately, Alcatraz was not able to keep up under pressure after the pilot airing. Nielsen reported that episodes 3-6 brought down the series on a turmoil — hovering around a -7% up to -18% episode-to-episode change. Though it was able to revive to a steady rate midway, the finale still dunked the show on a bubble status.
Now that most TV series will be signing off for a hiatus beginning May 2012, the odds for Alcatraz season 2 appear to be on death row. TV by the numbers further stated that “On our FOX report card — which ranks the network’s shows based on demo averages — Alcatraz has a “C.” Terra Nova, which has already been cancelled, had a better demo average and has a “C+”. When a show that was performing better than yours has been cancelled, that’s not a good sign.”
Just like in prison, Alcatraz might be looking at a dark future towards permanent isolation. Although the network hasn’t made any official announcements yet, the series boss, Daniel Pyne had stated on an interview with TV Guide that if the show receives the ax, they are open for an alternative — perhaps an online short series.
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