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CBS Pulls Plug on Thrilling Crime Drama ‘SWAT’ Despite Skyrocketing Fanbase

CBS Pulls Plug on Thrilling Crime Drama 'SWAT' Despite Skyrocketing Fanbase

After six successful seasons, CBS cancels its popular crime drama “SWAT,” starring Shemar Moore. The final episode will air on May 19, 2023, ending an update of the 1970s cop show that has entertained viewers for years. The decision to end the show was not based on poor ratings.

In fact, “SWAT” grew its total audience over the previous season, averaging 6.82 million viewers over seven days. However, the current economics of the TV business prioritize full ownership of series, which has led to the cancellation of the show.

CBS Cancels Hit Crime Drama ‘SWAT’ After Six Seasons Despite Growing Audience

CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach praised the show’s cast, writers, producers and crew for their excellent work on the show. Executive producers Shawn Ryan, Andy Dettman, and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas were instrumental in bringing the compelling and action-packed episodes to life, tackling important social issues along the way. Although the show’s adults 18-49 rating slipped a bit from 0.8 to 0.67, it still ranks among the top 20 dramas on ad-supported TV.

The series also stars Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, and Rochelle Aytes. Ryan and Thomas developed the series, with Ryan executive producing alongside Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart, Andy Dettman and Paul Bernard.


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Despite the cancellation, fans will remember “SWAT” for its excellent storytelling and thrilling action scenes. CBS and Sony Pictures TV may or may not figure out a way to economically make a season seven work, but until then, audiences can enjoy the final episode of the show on May 19th

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