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‘Alcatraz’ In Freefall, ‘The River’ Dries Up

Things are not looking good for genre shows


Fox has not yet made a decision on “Terra Nova,” and that might be good for that show. Especially since it’s starting to look like “Alcatraz” from J.J. Abrams is not living up to the hype.

The series, focused on prisoners from the past escaping into the future, continues to slip on Fox Mondays, this time to a 3.8 rating/6 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That is down 7 percent from the week before, and 36 percent from its premiere.

“Alcatraz” is now averaging a 4.8/7 in its timeslot, which puts it just slightly ahead of “Terra Nova.” But then again, it’s still cheaper to produce than the special effects-heavy dinosaur adventure from Steven Spielberg, which also is shot on location halfway around the globe.

“Alcatraz” is also losing audience from its lead-in, the now-cancelled “House,” which itself has been bleeding some viewers. It’s losing 12 percent of its “House” lead-in, and is actually doing slightly worse in the 9 p.m. timeslot than “House” did in the first part of the season.

Yet, “Alcatraz” still has a chance to survive, which is far better than the prognosis on ABC’s “The River.” That show, starring “Star Trek’s” Bruce Greenwood, dropped 36 percent from its premiere the week before to finish with a 3.0/5. That is far behind what both “Dancing With the Stars” and “Celebrity Wife Swap” have done in that timeslot for ABC this year.

It also lost out to almost all of its competition, including “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS, “New Girl” on Fox, and “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. In fact, the only two shows it did beat was “Raising Hope” on Fox and “Ringer” on The CW. For “Raising Hope,” “The River” was only 11 percent better.

For more details of all of television’s ratings overall, see our story on our sister site, Inside Blip.

Top Network Genre Shows, Week of Feb. 12 — [Audience Loyalty Index rating]

1. (-)    Once Upon a Time (ABC)    5.0/7    [81.4]
2. (3)    Alcatraz (Fox)    3.8/6    [81.4]
3. (1)    The River (ABC)    3.0/5    [81.0]
4. (5)    Vampire Diaries (CW)    1.9/3    [88.9]
4. (6)    Fringe (Fox)    1.9/3    [93.0]
6. (8)    Supernatural (CW)    1.1/2    [89.4]
6. (7)    The Secret Circle (CW)    1.1/2    [70.2]

Fast Nationals usually provide a snapshot of what Americans are watching by pulling numbers from the top urban markets that include both live viewing and same-day timeshifted viewing. A rating point generally represents more than 1.1 million households while the share indicates the percentage of televisions turned on that was tuned to the specific program. These numbers typically shift when final ratings are issued.

Data collected from The Nielsen Co., as distributed by Zap2it. GenreNexus tracks non-news, non-event programming, and figures for this story reflect airing of new episodes only. For more information on the Audience Loyalty Index, click here.

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