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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  1. Janet says

    Dont cancel S outhland i have watched it from the begining love the show Cooper is the best. I am tired of shows i enjoy being canceled and junked shows kept on.

  2. Mike Steinman says

    Brilliant “docu-drama.” Though scripted, Southland is anything but formulaic. The show does not condescend to the lowest denominator and maintains its integrity by not dumbing down the content. With the absurd likes of “Two Broke Girls,” “Guys with Kids,” and other inane forced laugh-track drivel remaining on TV, canceling Southland would be a sad, albeit accurate, portrayal of a mind-numbing mainstream society.

  3. Jackie says

    My husband and I both got hooked on this series last season. It is a great show, handling real issues in a realistic way. Please do not cancel it. Promote it so people know what channel it is on and when. Ten episodes a year seems way to few. Just when you get used to watching it–the season is over. We viewers need closer on John, and also Ben and Sammy’s relationship. I hope to see it next season!

  4. Jenny says

    As the mother of two real live police officers I hope you will renew Southland. It actually portrays officers in a realistic way. It was a hunt to find it and not well advertised. I know it can be better promoted.

  5. Bobi says

    It’s one of the BEST shows on! RENEW it PLEASE. And put it on a regular schedule. Once we fnd it, several episodes have passed. So sick of reality/dance/talent shows.

  6. Jill says

    Southland is one of the most fantastic shows ever produced on TV…much better than the “so-called reality” shows could ever be….the viewer is right there with these officers who are portrayed by some exceptional actors….the writing and story lines are well done and very believable. This show has been underexposed and most definitely should be renewed for at least one more season.

  7. Jim Barrett says

    Southland is an excellent show. Worthy of another two seasons. Hopefully TNT will do right bythis proud outstanding series!

  8. Kyle L. says

    Please give “Southland” another season. I caught the season finale, and the episode preceding, now I’m hooked. I wish I would have saw all the other episodes. To me this is probably the best depiction of life on the beat with the LAPD.

  9. U.B. says

    I LOVE this show and literally watched the last two episodes standing up because of the excitement. The writing is remarkable and Southland is truly one of the best programs on television. I’ll be heartbroken if its not renewed.

    • Anonymous says

      absolutely agree…one of the best dramas onTV ever….great scripts, great acting, and the cinematography is outstanding….you are really there with these officers.

  10. Debbie says

    I have watched “Southland” from the very beginning and have loved every minute of it. It is quality TV at its best! It is such a gem; rare and valuable. Please don’t take it away from us, we need this kind of programming. Don’t leave us to drown in a sea of reality TV garbage!

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