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Fox Stays In ‘Touch’ But Not With ‘Alcatraz’

20th Century Fox Television

It’s the most nail-biting time of the year for those who love a new television show that’s ending its first season. We’re talking about the announcement of cancellations, and the one TV station that’s been the most scrutinized for canning potentially fantastic shows is 20th Century Fox. They aren’t the bad guys, but the only reason people perceive them to be is because they end up canceling fan-favorites after a brief run. So let’s see what they got rid of this season.

Let’s start with the good news: The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the new Kiefer Sutherland show ‘Touch’ will be back on their channel for a second season. This news isn’t surprising given the fact that Kiefer Sutherland was the star of ’24,’ one of Fox’s most popular shows of the past decade. When a star like him helps your channel get higher ratings, of course you’ll be keeping him on-air for as long as you can.

Then there’s the unfortunate lot who end up being axed after their first spin around the television merry-go-round, and those shows include ‘Alcatraz’ and the ‘Bones’ spinoff series ‘The Finder.’ It’s not that neither of these shows didn’t appeal to a certain demographic and gain an audience, but they just couldn’t muster up enough outstanding viewer numbers in order to stay on the air.

At the start of its season everybody was buzzing about J.J. Abrams’ latest brainchild, but after those first two episodes the audience dropped off almost dramatically from 10 million to 4.7 million viewers. At least ‘Alcatraz’ had a better run out of the gate than ‘The Finder.’ which failed to find any sort of audience after the first season’s run.

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