Syfy cancels Alphas

News Louisa Mellor
17 Jan 2013 - 08:22

Alphas, Syfy's super-powers sci-fi show, is not to return for a third season...

Although our reviews were always up-front about Alphas' shortcomings, it's never fun to pass on the news of another sci-fi show being taken off air.

It's official though, Zak Penn and Michael Karnow's sci-fi crime series Alphas will not be returning for a third run, owing to poor viewing figures. Two twelve-episode seasons of the Syfy show ran between July 2011 and October 2012, but that's to be our lot. 

Syfy's anodyne cancellation statement praises the "incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives" who made the "entertaining, high quality series", and thanks "the show's dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support". What goes without saying is that Alphas needed each of those dedicated regular viewers to have brought along a plus one if it was to reach a third season.

Over the first twelve-episode season, Alphas experienced a drop from 2.52 to 1.16 million US viewers, and though the second season opener attracted an initial audience of 1.75 million, by the time the finale was aired, that figure had been reduced to 1.17 million, a trend few networks are likely to want to repeat a third time.

It's not all bad news for genre TV fans though, Syfy's slate of forthcoming projects (including this April's Defiance) is looking plump with potential, including a number of the in-development shows we previewed here.

Read our reviews of Alphas season one and two, here.

The Hollywood Reporter

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