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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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Patti April 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Please don’t cancel it. it is such a great show!!


Hads April 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

If this is to be SouthLAnd’s final episode, it would truly be a disappointment. There has got to be another way to bring closure to such a dynamic show, and doing it this way would be a tragedy. Please bring one of greatest cop shows ever back, even for just one more season, to help bring closure to these amazing characters!

Don’t let it end this way…


Nana Banana April 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Southland’s season finale for 2013 was gut wrenching but certainly didn’t leave any sense of closure – I believe that TNT owes its devoted Southland viewers that closure by at least producing some sort of truly closing episode, perhaps in the form of one single 2 hour series finale next season. Southland has been one of the much better cop series and those of us who have really been constant viewers deserve to see the excellent writing and performing given a great sendoff !


George w. April 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

No No No cancellation. One more season to wrap things up. Best cop drama going!


Alan Katz April 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Sadly, it’s pretty sure to be cancelled. I mean, that’s what television does to great shows, right? It strikes me as being a bit dark for reality-centric TV viewers who find themselves more challenged by Jersey Shore than great writing, acting, directing and performances as seen in Southland.


CG April 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

Please don’t cancel Southland. There are so few good shows on TV right now and this is one of the best ever. Well written and well acted.


billyboy April 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

Southland has a very unique flavor of is very own. A look into what very well might be the best of all the cop show on TV. I have been an avid watcher going back to the days police story, hill streetblues, NYPD, homicide life on the street, the law and order shows and now this. In tnt eyes its all about numbers like so many networks, but really southland in my belief embodies all of those and much more. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW


Suzy giii April 19, 2013 at 1:37 am

Please renew such a great show


Gary April 19, 2013 at 1:11 am

Southland is a great edgy cop show. I would certainly hope they have at least one more season. I had a bad feeling after watching the season finally that it may have been its last..I hope it wasn’t!!


Tasha April 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not cancel Southland! I watch this show faithfully every week. This is the best cop show on. The writers are great, the actors are AWESOME and to cancel this show would really be a let down to the millions of Southland fans. DONT DO THAT!!! Keep Southland on TNT for more seasons.


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JD April 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Southland is one of my favorite shows. The cast and writing – top notch. Would be a shame to see it go. Don’t give up on this excellent show!


John April 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Southland is the only drama I watch on Tv and is the best one on TV. If it is cancelled we will just be left with all of the reality garbage that is on TV.


BRENDA April 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

As a retired 911 dispatcher, I can relate to the show. It is great and well acted out. Great story lines, and very realistic scenes. Please don’t cancel Southland!!!!


Deborah Dignan April 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

This has been my all- time favorite Police show!!! Please don’t cancel it! Our son in law enforcement and we discuss each episode after it airs. We would be so disappointed if it isn’t renewed by TNT, a channel that we have become very fond of!! The writing is excellent, as are the actors on Southland; please, please renew this show!!


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