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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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battery king April 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Best cop drama on tv hands down! Please stay!


Kate Larsson April 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Southland is one of the best written and acted series I have seen. It should absolutley be renewed.


FredZilch April 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

A huge mistake to even think of canceling this series!


Lorraine April 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Yes I love Southlanf. I’ve been watching since the first season


Gary April 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Dallas is just not up to Southland, who cares what happens in Dallas!!


Gary April 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Southland is one of the best series on TV it should come back
much more action than Bostons finest that is just a series
without much action.


Gene April 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Excellent show. Cooper best gay cop ever on television.
All the stories need closure.


Karen Sewell April 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Yes it must return. You can’t leave us with Cooper dying in the street. Last weeks show was great and now you leave us hanging, Not Nice.


Karen April 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Yes it must come back. Can’t stand the thought of Cooper laying in the street dying. Last weeks show was great and now you leave us hanging. Not nice…..


Maite Garcia April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Absolutely should be brought back.
A show that is smart, raw, and real.
It’s just what communities need to help
understand Peace Officers, criminals, and civilians
so we can build better neighborhoods for everyone.
All the storylines were open ended. Hopefully this
Indicates a sixth season. Bring it back. Not everyone like
mindless entertainment ALL the time!!!


Tha Critic April 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I honestly don’t care for the language in the show, but I’d be a fool not to say that Southland is the best police show there has ever been. I’d blow my stack if I found out that this was cancelled but Dallas gets to come back. TNT and I will be done.


Paula D. April 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Best police drama on TV by far. Keep it! Terrific show!


Li'l Caesar April 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

Absolutely it should be renewed. One of the best shows on cable TV. Network TV has gone by the wayside with their reality, game, news, etc. shows in prime time that are not worth watching. Love watching TNT, TBS, USA, SYFY, etc. shows.


Trenton April 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

This is by far one of the best dramas ever produced for TV. The execs at NBC were out of their minds to cancel it after season one. TNT execs please don’t follow suit. I realize that this is a show of quality that the majority of mindless Americans just don’t get so for those of us that see and appreciate true TV quality please don’t let this one go. How a moronic show like Dallas could possibly have higher viewer ratings than Southland is a true testament to just how sad the state of the viewing public is. Please do what ever to give Southland a fighting chance.


Jared T. April 18, 2013 at 5:04 am

Best police drama on tv. Excellent acting, heart-pounding drama. Very well written. I really hope it gets another season, have no idea why numbers are down.


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