Alcatraz Season 2: Leaning Towards Death Row

2 years ago, by

May 7, 2012

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.

What can you say about the future of Alcatraz leaning towards death row for season 2? Do you think the series deserves to be cancelled? Tell us why! Support the show on our comment boxes below.

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  • Melodiemurphy

    I WANT A SEASON 2! 
    I enjoyed the show, it was actually something me and my husband watched together.  We don’t find many of those these days and we thought the plot was interesting each week.  They have to end it now they can’t leave us hanging…………

  • Leon_thekid

    We’re actually waiting for Season 2, more and more people wanna that. The show so interested with us and we are even feel pleasant to see that. I’m hearing forward to you.

  • Owen

    Unfortunately, Fox decided Touch was more important, and has cancelled Alcatraz.  There’s a petition going to hopefully get fox to change their mind

    http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/alcatraz-petition-22564/

  • Shane Olga

    Hi fans! Here’s our next update regarding this matter, 
    http://www.spoilersguide.com/alcatraz/fox-cancels-j-j-abrams-thriller-alcatraz/ 

  • Meliha H

    Bummer. Really wanted to know what the mystery was.  But, like many JJ Abrams shows, I’m sure it would have been a let down anyway. They should pitch it to SyFy network. Maybe it was just too sci-fi for mainstream tv??

  • J Gamache

    DONT CANCEL THE SHOW!!!! Its my favorite tv show and doesnt deserve to be cancelled! I love rebeccas character and i hope she comes back to life

  • J Gamache

    How do u get to sign the petition????

  • Galaxycoder

    I watch Alcatraz in the UK and it’s the first US show that shows some brilliance.
    The answer is clearly the US Government using inmates to experiment with early Cryogenics in the hope it will forward medical advances. They obviously assumed that if an inmate died, where’s the loss and who would know?

  • Domzacha

    I watch in the UK too and i must say its the only show i ever look forward too now sad the series has ended! Please don’t cancel must be one of the few good american shows.

  • KRistianGArcia

    Excellent show. But I agree that some episodes were a waste. It didn’t help much in keeping you tied with the series. But overall, Alcatraz is a good series. I can’t wait to know how they were able to JUMP to the present.

  • LGatley33

    too many unanswered questions to not bring it back! Alcatraz is a great show. They should do a movie to finish it off!!

  • S Davies in UK

    Unbelieveable! How the hell can Fox cancel Alcatraz and keep the boring Touch?
    Can only hope it gets picked up by another company and Sky here in the UK show it.

  • Azara50

    I liked Alcatraz here in the UK, it was a great show, looked forward to watching the next one, one of the best shows on tv, cannot believe they’ve cancelled season 2, and renewed Touch, load of rubbish, there is nothing much to watch now

  • Toonces1951

    Please bring it back!!!!! it is sooo good and look forward to season 2!!!!!  dont cancel!!!!

  • river rat

    Can’t believe Fox cancelled it – with all the crappy reality shows Alcatraz was a nice change. Got hooke on season one, now irritated that we dont get any resolution. Maybe Syfy or another channel will pick it up…

  • Led

    We support Alcatraz here in UK. Brilliant story, bring it backkkkk!!!

  • JOCK OF THE BUSHVELD

    Why must decent shows always be cancelled??? It aired in South Africa about a month ago and it’s one of the few shows worth watching, now the go and cancel it. It pisses me off immensely!!!

  • Sarahm83

    Can you please take in to consideration how many people in the UK love this and not all people are thick and unable to follow it! I can’t believe it ended like that, why does the crap get too stay?!

  • unsatisfied

    Pls do not cancel Alcatraz. It has to have a proper ending. I believe all viewers are looking forward its continuous. A beginning have endings,right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.chlechowicz Sarah Chlechowicz

    Bring it back I have had to record each one as I work funny shifts so this is not good to go on viewings they should open an actual forum for viewing feedback I need to no what happens next :(

  • Kevstac

    We watch Alcatraz in the uk and its brilliant please don’t cancel for season 2 as it deserves a second series giving more or a story. All the great tv shows get better as time goes by and this should be another one.

  • Kevstac

    We watch Alcatraz in the uk and its brilliant please don’t cancel for season 2 as it deserves a second series giving more or a story. All the great tv shows get better as time goes by and this should be another one.

  • Mari-Leigh Painter

    PLEASE PLEASE BRING ALCATRAZ BACK!! THIS IS AMAZING!! I CANT SLEEP AT NIGHT!! I JUST COMPLETED SEASON 1 IN SOUTH AFRICA!! I WANT SEASON 2!!!!!!

  • toontart

    i loved alcatraz, you need to give us season 2, the finale ended well but you can’t leave loyal supporters of the tv show is suspense, it clearly ended leaving the viewers wondering what will happen to rebecca in season 2 and why did her grandfather stab her!!!! we need to know!! we need to know about the rest of the the 63, bring season two to our screens please!!!

  • toontart

    i loved alcatraz, you need to give us season 2, the finale ended well but you can’t leave loyal supporters of the tv show is suspense, it clearly ended leaving the viewers wondering what will happen to rebecca in season 2 and why did her grandfather stab her!!!! we need to know!! we need to know about the rest of the the 63, bring season two to our screens please!!!

  • toontart

    i loved alcatraz, you need to give us season 2, the finale ended well but you can’t leave loyal supporters of the tv show is suspense, it clearly ended leaving the viewers wondering what will happen to rebecca in season 2 and why did her grandfather stab her!!!! we need to know!! we need to know about the rest of the the 63, bring season two to our screens please!!!

  • devonlass

    would love to see a second series here in the UK,can’t leave us hanging like that!!

  • Noonamkaer

    Please bring ALCATRAZ back. I think it is the most awesome show ever and I know lots of other people that feel the same and watched ever episode. Plus we want to know what happens. Don’t leave the fans hanging in the wind forever!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AuntJennysBeads Jenny

    Understandibly….the number of viewers lead to most show getting renewed, but do we include the number of viewers from all over the world? How about giving it another chance on a different night….Monday’s are a tough one sometimes…..or how about another channel picking it up with a loss going to FOX…..Alcatraz is one of the best shows on TV these days. How about getting rid of some of the reality shows and pick up real entertainment….like the show “Alcatraz”! Bring it back for season 2….just put it in a better time slot and watch it go!

  • http://twitter.com/AuntJennysBeads Jenny

    Understandibly….the number of viewers lead to most show getting renewed, but do we include the number of viewers from all over the world? How about giving it another chance on a different night….Monday’s are a tough one sometimes…..or how about another channel picking it up with a loss going to FOX…..Alcatraz is one of the best shows on TV these days. How about getting rid of some of the reality shows and pick up real entertainment….like the show “Alcatraz”! Bring it back for season 2….just put it in a better time slot and watch it go!

  • lanny

    Alcatraz was really good. I’m from the UK and love it! Maybe it should be brought back but go straight to DVD if no-one wants to air it as I’m sure there are lots of fans.out there who would buy the DVD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhodri.osborne Rhodri Osborne

    I Live in Victoria, Australia, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! bring Season 2 out to OZ as a lot of AUSSIE’S LOVE ALCATRAZ including myself!, CAN’T WAIT TO SEE SEASON 2!!!

  • geob

    We need season 2 it was gettin so exciting i really liked it and acting was great not fair to leave it the way it was let us know how they came back geo u.k

  • Jeraldo Ponono Kampanza

    plz jst bring it bck we watch alcatraz here in NAMIBIA plz plz dnt cancel

  • losingfaith

    Why does everything good have to cancel. First Flash Forward gets the axe and now Alcatraz. Are you serious?! If you do slam the axe on Alcatraz PLEASE give us all the answers before you do so. I’m still trying to figure out the motive and reasoning for all the events in Flash Forward. Don’t make me have to go through this pain again.