In 1975, the SWAT TV show — starring Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry, Mark Shera, and James Coleman — spun off from ABC’s TV series, The Rookies. Prior to its cancellation, SWAT ran for 37 episodes, over the course of two seasons. Decades later, the concept came back into vogue, and it premiered in 2003 as a feature film with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Now, CBS has rebooted the police drama, but will a new generation be receptive to it? Will SWAT be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A high-action program, SWAT stars Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, and Peter Onorati. The CBS TV series centers on Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore). A lifetime Los Angeles local and former Marine, Hondo has been tapped to lead a new “last stop” Special Weapons and Tactics unit. Thanks to his background, he is uniquely qualified to lead the team in a manner that also builds a bridge to the community he holds so dear. Hondo’s group includes the seasoned David “Deacon” Kay (Harrington), newcomer Jim Street (Russell), canine trainer Christina “Chris” Alonso (Esco), and expert driver, Dominique Luca (Johnson). They work under the supervision of L.A. Metro Captain Jessica Cortez (Sigman), a dedicated professional who also has a personal connection to Hondo. Meanwhile, Mumford leads a rival unit. **Status update, below.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the SWAT TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for second season on CBS?
**3/27/2018 update: SWAT has been renewed for season two on CBS. Details here.