Ratings: Alcatraz Dips, Dancing Drops, Smash Flat

Fox’s Alcatraz, with its two-episode Monday night finale, averaged 4.73 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, dipping 6 percent week-to-week and hitting a new series low in the demo.

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Elsewhere on the night….

* Dancing With the Stars led Monday in total audience (with 17.6 million viewers, down 6 percent week-to-week), but dropped 11 percent in the demo (3.1), even opposite CBS repeats. Capping the night for ABC, Castle (12.2 mil/2.4) saw gains of 6 and 4 percent.

* NBC’s The Voice (11.8 mil/4.4) was the night’s demo leader, slipping just a smidgen from last week. The freshly renewed Smash (6.36 mil/2.2) was flat.

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What were you tuned into this Monday night?

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  1. xav says:

    Alcatraz was definitely a let down. Their finale reveal probably should have been a reveal for around episode 6 or 7 with the mythology continuing to build to a genuinely strong crescendo instead of keeping the show so incredibly episodic.

    • kirads09 says:

      I respectfully have to disagree. The finale (please let it get a second season) was no less than incredible. Sad the ratings don’t reflect the show’s greatness. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the two hours.


      Soto (forgive this if it sounds vulgar) grew a pair and proved himself instrumental like never before and I was going “y-e-s”. I think if there is a second season we will see a bit different Doc.

      That intense Bullit car chase – oh my. Only seen better in Bourn or Statham movies. (anyone else really really want a Maverick now?)

      The feelings Houser and Lucy still share and have for each other :heart:

      Loved Craven as the “mad” scientist type.

      There was a great deal revealed but more questions. That keeps me wanting more. And oh, the jaw dropping ending. Oh my.

      • I’m saying the show as a whole. The finale was good but it was too little, too late. The pacing of this show, with the emphasis on the procedural aspect of the show rather than the mythology, was off, more suited to a season of 22 episodes rather than 12. They didn’t reveal enough or leave enough new questions for it to be a fully satisfying season finale for me. It felt like a mid-season finale. It mirrored Terra Nova in a lot of ways.

        • kirads09 says:

          I understand. I was feeling a little like why did they save all the best for last!

        • Ryan says:

          I agree 100%, and this is what I’ve been telling people about the show for weeks now. The procedural element is way too at odds with the mythos portion which screws up the pacing of the reveals. They were trying too hard to maintain the procedural factor for people jumping in fresh, but that just doesn’t work with the “LOST”-esque mythos they wanted to run with.

          I really don’t see this show coming back.

    • I’m posting this here in the hopes that those who know will see it without scrolling down.

      How did Alcatraz do with DVRs? Does it gain more viewers or does it get low numbers there as well?

      As it’s been said before, “appoinment TV” is dead. People will watch TV whenever they feel like it.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich, Editor-at-Large TVLine.com says:

        Yes, but advertisers assign little value t those watching on DVR and FFing their ads.

  2. @Matt Webb Mitovich

    Why is every show including The Voice down today, despite the fact that, CBS is on repeats? Is there something going on in U.S.A? Or is this usual at this time of year?

  3. Jerri says:

    bye bye Acatraz.

  4. Nemo says:

    Alcatraz was a weak premise to begin with. The cast have very little chemistry and there isn’t much to root for. I can’t say I will watch a second season. No point in fox/WB wasting money on a 2nd season.

    • JC says:

      So you don’t watch so there is no point in Fox wasting money on a second season. You think a bit highly of yourself huh?

      • Nemo says:

        Selective reading there JC. The ratings say Fox shouldn’t spend another dollar on a second season.

        • Dave says:

          But that is not what you said Nemo. You didn’t once mention the ratings. All you said was “I can’t say I will watch a second season. No point in fox/WB wasting money on a 2nd season.”

  5. bad kevin says:

    I’ll be disappointed if ALCATRAZ gets canceled by Fox, just like it did with TERRA NOVA (who’s laughing now). The Voice and their final battle rounds blew me away and the Justin vs. Tony showdown was nothing but “epic” especially with Cee Lo Green in tears.

  6. rfincv says:

    It’s spring break…no ones at home watching TV.

    • How many more days is this spring break?

    • Donna says:

      Don’t know where you get the idea that spring break happens at the same time for most people. At my school it was 2 weeks ago. In high school it’s usually not till April around here.

      • Ashley says:

        That’s why ratings will be down last week, this week, and next week. Everyone is on Spring Break at different time, plus basketball is a big factor. And people are starting to go out now more b/c of the unusually warm weather.

  7. H.A.R. says:

    Most people’s spring breaks end on Easter so April 8. There are a few schools/Universities that give a few days after Easter too but from my understanding it’s really the week or two before Easter that is called spring break.

  8. Donna says:

    Why is DWTS down? Their field of competitors is the strongest and most entertaining they’ve had for a long time.

  9. Renee says:

    I watched an episode of Terra Nova I still had on the DVR. :-)

  10. Donna says:

    Dear Fox: I would watch Alcatraz if you put it on Fridays in a Fringe-Alcatraz block. That’s my final offer.

  11. Emily says:

    I’m for Alcatraz’s cancellation. When ratings fall this fast in the first season, another season isn’t going to help (I mean, look at Body of Proof and Jericho). Better to just put it out of its misery than to drag out the inevitable.

    • Roxie says:

      If you don’t like the show, then don’t watch it. Some of us enjoy the show and want it to have a second season. If I don’t care about a show, I’m not going to care whether it gets renewed or canceled, so if you don’t like the show, why do you care so much about what happens to it?

  12. Jules says:

    Last night the only good thing in Alcatraz was that car chase in the second episode…
    And the possibility that SJones’s character flatline forever & IF we have a second season…hope they cast better people to lead around Sam Neill…mostly the only reason I got interested to the series

  13. leigh says:

    Watched Castle. Love it! Can’t wait for the other shoe to drop!

  14. Rolfe says:

    Smash was horrible last night. Maybe it is a good thing it was flat. It was hard to watch.

  15. Donna says:

    At this rate is Fox going to have ANY hourlong dramas left if they cancel all their low-rated dramas? House is gone, Terra Nova gone, Fringe on the bubble and now Alcatraz on the bubble. Maybe they can just roll up the sidewalks at 9pm each night instead of 10.

    • Renee says:

      Maybe they should have taken a chance on a show with decent ratings like Terra Nova.

      • Donna says:

        Terra Nova was too expensive to produce for that relatively small ratings return.

        • Renee says:

          They made money on it. Everyone involved made money on it. They just wanted to make more than they did. So hopefully everything Fox is involved in will lose tremendous amounts of money for the next two years. (Yes I’m vindictive.)

  16. Brigitte says:

    I was speing my night on SyFy with Being Human and Lost Girl.

  17. Good for Castle. Only thing worth watching on Mondays now that I’ve lost all hopes on HIMYM (Yeah I know it was a repeat last night but my point remains)

  18. Gabriel Yu says:

    Do any of the writers realize how stupid they have made Det. Madsen? Every episode she has a chance to capture the escapee around the 13 minute mark and she always loses him because a) she can’t run b) she can’t shoot c) she can’t shoot

  19. pinkpolyanthus says:

    I must have been watching a different programme given some of the comments here – I really like Alcatraz and I would be sad if there was not a series two.

    Frankly at the moment it is good to get something new that is reasonable to watch – we have Grey’s and Private Practice hanging on for what seems forever. Thank heavens Desperate is finishing – although again like some of the comments about Alcatraz, they left the good parts until the end when it would have been better for the programme to have them earlier in the series.

    Smash is quite reasonable too although there are some characters who really do grate but I am guessing they are supposed to because their ‘sort’ are out there in the business.

    One question though … just how old is Hauser supposed to be? Because last night there was a line that said he had been waiting for Lucy for 50 years and given he supposedly studied Philosophy at Yale, which he would have finished at say 23, that would make him at least 73 years old? Sam Neill is 65 this year – and is very fit in all the running around he does in the show but in reality what 73 year old man would be in charge of a project like this? If there is a weakness in the show I think that is it. Unless there is another explanation?

    • cori says:

      you’d be surprised how many people in their 70s I know who would easily outrun youngsters, and not just intellectually:)

      • pinkpolyanthus says:

        I am sure there are – and so there should be! That age group have not frittered away their youth as couch potatoes; their life style was much healthier and they are reaping the rewards for taking good care of themselves.

        My point or rather question was is he supposed to be that age in the programme or is he much younger because he ‘travelled’ from another year to 2012 or whenever he ‘arrived’. Plus in the type of job he is in, I think it unlikely – even if he is still in peak condition – that he would be in charge of such a project – maybe a consultant but not the level he is being shown as, running around waving guns every 5 minutes. I mean in the UK, the ‘elf & safety’ fuhrers would be all over it!! The only forward thinking company that give that age group a chance at a good career is B&Q! And I can’t see Sam Neill running around looking for paint pots or tap washers! If he did, I’d have a house full of paint pots!! ;)

        • Roxie says:

          It is my understanding that Hauser aged normally, so his character would be in his early 70’s. The actor might be younger than that, but they can just say he aged well. In the U.S. it is not unusual for someone of that age to have a lot of power. For example, Ronald Reagan was President well into his 70’s. I can’t think of anyone else off the top of my head but I am sure there have been other older people that are powerful like that as well. Maybe the U.K. age discriminates more than the U.S.

  20. Greg says:

    the voice ratings keep dropping, now at same level as x factor. yet everyone says x factor was a flop, and that the voice is a runaway hit!

  21. Mari says:

    Castle did great last night! I’m happy because it was an awesome episode.

  22. John Smith says:

    i really hope they cancel Alcatraz and Fringe (just like TN) and give all that money to remake DR WHO from the begining, we need US version of that show! or remake TWILIGHT ZONE!

    we need new sci fi series.
    Alcatraz a let down.
    Fringe turn to cheap soap opera, and basicly this show inspired a lot with DR WHO! so i’ll be great if FOX remake that show!

    • Roxie says:

      America ruined Life on Mars, do you really want them ruining Dr. Who too? And anyways that’s so not going to happen. Watch the U.K. Doctor Who, which some people think has already been too Americanized, or you can watch the Americanized Torchwood, and let us fans of Alcatraz and Fringe have our shows to watch.

    • Jeremy says:

      Alcatraz is very good, but we all do have are opinions. I Hope it gets renewed!

  23. Jeremy says:

    They definitely need a second season! I mean with all those questions needed to be answered! Such a great show! I really hope they get the guts to say ,hey lets give this show another shot. Show more commercials,get more sponsors and really let this show soar! Those questions MUST be answered!

  24. Tara says:

    Okay I just spent a hung over new years day watching the complete series of alkatraz to find out they end with her flatlining????

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