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Southland: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Six?

Southland season six or cancelled?Tonight, TNT airs the last episode of Southland’s fifth season. Will the cop drama be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season instead? How are the ratings?

Southland follows the lives of a group of police officers who “serve and protect” the residents of Los Angeles. The ensemble cast includes Michael Cudlitz, Benjamin McKenzie, Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, C. Thomas Howell, and Tom Everett Scott.

The fourth season of Southland attracted an average of 1.84 million total viewers with a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That was down from season three which averaged 1.99 million and a 0.7 in the demo.

Season five dropped even lower. The nine episodes have dropped 24% to 1.4 million with a 0.5 rating. Dallas, which has been airing on Monday nights, has done much better — averaging 2.67 million and a 0.8 rating.

TNT has taken great pride in airing Southland but these numbers are not good and they could easily choose to cancel it. Or, they could bargain to give the series one final season for closure.

The cast and crew have produced just 43 episodes over the five seasons and unfortunately even one more season won’t give them enough for much of a syndication package.

If TNT does cancel the show, viewers may not have long to miss some of the show’s stars. McKenzie, King, and Hatosy have all signed on to star in new TV show pilots. If Southland does continue, they’ll return to TNT.

What do you think? Should Southland be cancelled or renewed? If tonight’s is the last episode, do you think it’s a satisfying ending to the series?

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Cooper April 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

Yeah, please don’t let me die, bring me back for the sixth.


Pat April 18, 2013 at 3:10 am

Don’t cancel!!! Best cop show on TV, by far!!!


toodue April 18, 2013 at 3:07 am

I say it’s run its course. It had lots of potential, but got derailed. The writing changed drastically, and not for the better, after the 3rd year, or really when it went to TNT. It’s become less and less believable, and the authenticity and credibility compared to other shows was supposed to be its calling card. Time’s up.


nina April 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

This is one of the best shows ever. Don’t cancel it. If you need to, move it to a different time or day. Dallas can not compete with it
You can’t end it this way!!!!!!!!!


Ricky April 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

One of the best shows on tv. I hope it gets renewed for a LONGER season. Although if john cooper dies i’d stop watching.


Dan Patten April 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

The best show on TV! Do not cancel.


Mica April 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

PLEASE DON’T CANCEL THIS SHOW! This is the best cop show ever. The actors and the writing are great. I look forward to watching it so much . I don’t understand how some shows on TV that should be taken off and the good ones are canceled. Ridiculous!!! I would be soooo sad if this show is off air..PLEASE DON’T CANCEL!


LVolin April 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

Please don’t end this honest, exceptionally well written and brilliantly acted show. It is a gem in a pile of rocks. Ending after this finale would be incredibly cruel to the fans of this show. There is no resolution, no tying up of loose ends… Having to wait for Season 6 is extremely difficult in light of tonight’s gut-wrenching ending, and the thought of the unthinkable being true is hard enough. To never know what happens at all is akin to torture. Quality programming like Southland is rare, please don’t end this show. This show deserves at least one more season, I would prefer at least five more.


Paul Salinas April 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

Southland ,Shameless the two best dramas on television. The actors are real Why are ratings low ? I dont understand why shows are cut . The minute you start watching something good it gets cut. Please dont cut the show . If you do cut it you simply dont know what your doing. So many good shows have been cut in the past ten years its unreal.Wish I could make the decision on what got cut. Who makes these decisions ?


Sam April 18, 2013 at 1:24 am

Please DO NOT CANCEL this show TNT! This is the ONLY police drama I have ever watched religiously since its premiere on that other dumb network.


Ofcr. M. Basulto (Ret) April 18, 2013 at 1:23 am

This show is one of the all time classic police dramas and to end it now would not do it justice. All of us fans need a final season to see how it comes to an end. Being a retired police officer it’s like I’m back on the job hooken and booken. I want to suit up every time I watch the show. TNT please give us fans at least one more season to see Southland have it’s best season ever. Thanks!


George B. Feist (DUKE) April 18, 2013 at 1:18 am

The best police Drama on TV…watching since its inception. Last week was heavy…..Meth heads need to be dealt with….way overdue.


jerry April 18, 2013 at 1:03 am

move it to thursday


Kay April 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

Please do not cancel Southland! It is the only show on television that we schedule our calendar around. :0)


Dayna April 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

Please let it be renewed! We cant have it end this way! What will happen to Ben?? And Cooper, OMG, he cant end this way, that is not how this hero should go out, no way! Wow, what a season finale!!


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