ABC buries Alias finale

Alias left the air forever last night, but audiences denied knowing it existed.

Instead of giving the show a normal send-off, ABC moved the finale to Monday and pitted it against the season finales of 24 and TV's number-one sitcom, Two and A Half Men. Even Sydney Bristow couldn't get out of that kind of fix.

In the 9 p.m. time slot, 24 stole the show with the second half of its two-hour blowout. The Fox action finale scored 5.9 rating.

CBS followed with the finales of Two and A Half Men, at 5.2, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, at 4.5.

Coming in third was The Donald with the penultimate Apprentice episode of the season, at 4.0, and limping into fourth, with a meager 2.6, was the final episode of the 5-year-old Alias.

Last season, Alias had seen a ratings bump when it was coupled with the other J.J. Abrams show, Lost, which was on its way to becoming a ratings powerhouse. When ABC separated Lost and Alias at the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, sliding in the new--and newly canceled--Invasion in Alias' place, the spy series took a ratings dive.

In case you missed it, the Alias finale is available online at ABC's Web site.

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I am bitterly disappointed that Alias was dumped. I LOVE IT. The relationships between the characters was top notch and the excitement, though at time driven by completely preposterous situations, was unparalleled. I miss it very much and think that it had another season in it.
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i really really loves ALIAS. I'm so sad that ALIAS had already end... Alias was a very great show besides Lost and i couldn't see Sydney and Vaughn together again.Oh,i just love 'em. Now, i'm focusing on Lost and i hope that Lost will not end soon.. HOPES FROM MALAYSIA..
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abc are a bunch of idiots
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How foolish to dump a series such as Alias!



Shows such as this are rare to come by and im certain if they could come up with some new script the series has the potential to be number ONE.



So its ALAS for Alias unless someone in the right place can recognise where it could go and put it there.
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all i can say is i miss alias
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Alias had the ending it deserved, for the past three years, it went from a great to pure mediocre show.

It started recycling stories, dialogue and even characters, the only ones who carried this show were the baddies and at the end they were killed at the rate of 2 per episode, I hated the finale, specially the last scene, but at least it was over, without it's rating booster from 'Lost', didn't really matter were they put the series finale, the show had long been forgotten, except by a small bunch of hardcore fans.
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I live in Australia but ABC were just plain stupid with which timeslot they put ALias in. I have to admit, the first 3 seasons were probably the best and they had a fantastic finale at the end of season 2 but why the HECK did they have to put alias up against high raters like 24?



BTW ive tried watching 24 and its really boring talk about nerve gas and stuff like that. Oh and that Jack Brauer guy or whatever is like really ugly and maybe if they had a better looking younger guy they i would spend time watching. Well at least a guy who isnt losing his hair.
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Americans...!!
God help us all.
Alias was one of the greatest shows ever,each episode was great in its own right, thankfully it was, unlike so many ratings casualties,allowed to come to a proper ending.
I guess I am lucky that living in the UK I can find out before a new series airs here , whether those suits in charge of TV in the US have cancelled it yet!
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I honestly don't know how anyone can not love alias. Every episode is like a little mini movie. I'm a 4th year film studies major and have to break down and critique films 5 days a week so I know a little about a good thing when I see it. Alias is nothing but.
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this show was great. i am going to miss it. alias was one of my favorites besides 24.
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I believe it was Jennifer Garner's choice to end the show since she had the baby and got married to Ben. I watched the show from episode 1 and was a true fan of the show. It really disappointed me that ABC would have put it up against 24's finale rather than leave it in it's usual time slot. They certainly have left the door open for a return, but I doubt that will ever happen.....who knows??
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ALIAS was a great TV Show was tough competition this past season. It was rough watching ALIAS, taping JOEY/WILL & GRACE and SMALLVILLE. For the finale, I watched ALIAS, taped THE APPRENTICE & 24. This was a great show that deserved a good night and more hype to end. The cast was excellent and took you on excellent adventures around the world every week. I just bought ALIAS Season 2 to relieve the best season of the series and probably one of the best season cliffhangers!!
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I definetely love ALIAS and I think it`s the best tv show ever made. ALIAS had and still has many more fans around the world than any other one; so those who don`t like ALIAS they really don`t know how a good tv show looks like. I would have liked to have ABC in Romania to see all ALIAS seasons because I have seen only season one and a little of seson three. Good bless America!!!
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I'm sorry to those folks who loved Alias but I watched like 7-8 episodes back in the begining of the series run and it was sooo unoriginal and uninteresting and just plain stupid with this supposedly "hot chick" guising herself up every single stinkin' week... such a bad show...
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Alias is so much better than 24 and the people that loved it would have watched it and therefore the ratings dont matter because he true Alias supporters watched it...unless you didnt realise the day had changed which would be really annoying... Alias had a great 5 years :)
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Here's an upside of looking at it:
By making it such a choice between Alias and 24, only the most deserving Alias, long-time loving fans got to see it.
It's better that 4 million people who NEEDED to see it watched it than 14 million people who simply wanted to.
ABC still sucks, and always has done with regards to this show, but Alias always came through, regardless. Go Alias!
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that's totally sad! the show deserved better. i wanted to watch the finale and totally missed it b/c i had no idea it was moved to a different day. sucks.
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I love Alias sadley I didnt realize that until the begining of the last season but I have been watching the old episodes and I love them. Its so sad to see it go like that and so stupid of ABC to put it in a bad time slot. Darn you ABC.
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ABC can't air it next week because it has to finish before Memorial weekend.
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Come oooon... you blew it this time ABC... Alias has been a great show; and you pay it back by underestimating it, and when... in the Finale. no good no good
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im from ireland so i no nothing really about the nilsen ratings system and i was wondering:hot many viewers did 24 get,and how many did alias get?
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This did suck. I had to tape Alias and watch it Tuesday night due to the 24 season finale.

I will say this though ... at least ABC had the class to let the producers/cast know it was cancelled early on so a true finale could be written & filmed. Nothing worse than a show leaving a great cliffhanger, only to be cancelled that summer.
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Strange but true facts:

- J.J. Abrams neither directed nor wrote either part of the series finale of Alias.

- ABC will be picking up nothing but reality shows this summer.

What a bad way to send it not in its normal time slot, though. I mean, couldn't they have ended Alias this Wednesday, given Lost the week off, and then ended Lost next Wednesday? I shudder to think at what ABC will show next week in the absence of Lost and Alias.

ABC, basically, tried to kill off Alias though by moving it around too much. Why not just leave it with Lost? There was where it seemed to work best. I mean, even The CW can see stuff like that (Smallville/Supernatural)

And the worst part is, it seems Alias took the fall as ABC tried harder to push Invasion, which has since been canceled. So they lost two shows for the price of one. Oh well. I guess as long as they have Lost, Housewives and Grey's they're all set, right?

NBC is looking better and better by the minute...
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With the ratings slump, it shows that the producers where not trying too hard. Putting it up against "24" ... please..
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that is pretty crappy to send off a show by switching the night and putting it up against 24 season finale. i guess Abrams only cares about Lost now.
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poor Alias :(
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i feel so sad that alias has always been underrated
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Next: Rachel Nichols and Amy Acker teams up under new DDI Dixon in the next series "Get Sark". PLEASE? :)
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Credit to the producers, for having a decent ending, it closed the chapter, and left a possible reopening of another Alias style of show.

Hats off to Abrams for bringing fiction back to realiy TV..not to mention some sly humor.

I missed Alias from the start, caught up with DVD's ( missed season four) and only caught the last few episodes of season five..regardless, the story held it's weight to the end.

Good thing that Abrams and company have the foresight and wisdom to end a show without hurting the story.

Abrams...what's next?
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silly ABC Alias was so much better than Invasion
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^I agree
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ABC wears Bad Idea Jeans.
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