CBS is canceling its crime drama SWAT after six seasons.
The show, an update of the 1970s cop show, stars Shemar Moore as LAPD Sgt. Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, will air its final episode on May 19. SWAT is a co-production by Sony Pictures TV and CBS Studios.
“For six seasons, the great talents of SWAT The cast led by Shemar Moore, and the writers, producers and crew led by executive producers Shawn Ryan, Andy Dettman, and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas brought us action-packed episodes. engaging, while addressing important social issues and contributing to the success of our primetime lineup,” CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach said in a statement. “We sincerely thank them for their incredible work and passion, and also our dedicated fans who follow along every week.”
Ratings are not to blame SWAT’s end: The series actually grew its total audience from last season, averaging 6.82 million viewers over seven days (according to Nielsen) compared with 6.41 million in 2021-22. Its 18-49 adult rating dropped slightly, from 0.8 to 0.67, but still ranks among the top 20 ad-supported TV series.
Instead, it’s the current economy of the TV business, in which networks and streamers are prioritizing ownership of their entire series, as Ryan noted. Hollywood Reporter’S Top 5 TV podcasts in March. “Right now, it’s up in the air though SWAT will be picked for the seventh season and that has nothing to do with the ratings,” he said. “You would never have seen that situation 15 years ago. … There is no reason why the program was not chosen other than that the economics of the business are changing. CBS and Sony will or won’t find a way to make season seven work economically.
SWAT Also starring Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit and Rochelle Aytes. Ryan and Thomas developed the series; Ryan executive produces with Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart, Andy Dettman and Paul Bernard.
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