CBS is canceling its crime drama SWAT after six seasons. Shemar Moore plays LAPD Sgt. on the show, which is an updated version of the 1970s cop show. Its final episode, starring Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, will air on May 19. SWAT is a co-production of Sony Pictures TV and CBS Studios.
In a statement, CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach said, “For six seasons, the amazing talents of the SWAT cast led by Shemar Moore, the writers, producers and crew guided by executive producers Shawn Ryan, Andy Dettman and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas brought us compelling, action packed episodes that also addressed important social issues and contributed to the success of our primetime line up. We sincerely thank them for their incredible work and passion and also thank our dedicated fans who tuned in every week.”
SWAT’s demise is not attributable to ratings: According to Nielsen, the series’ average seven-day viewership increased from 6.41 million in 2021-22 to 6.82 million this season. Although its adults 18-49 rating decreased slightly to 0.67, it still ranks among the top 20 dramas on ad-supported TV.
Instead, it’s the current economics of the TV business, Ryan said on The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast in March, when networks and streamers are prioritizing full ownership of their series. He stated, “Right now, it’s up in the air whether SWAT will get picked up for a seventh season, and that has nothing to do with ratings. You would never see that situation 15 years ago. … There’s no reason why the show shouldn’t be picked up other than the economics of the business are changing. CBS and Sony will or will not figure out a way to economically make a season seven work.”
SWAT likewise stars Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit and Rochelle Aytes. Ryan and Thomas developed the series; Along with Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart, Andy Dettman, and Paul Bernard, Ryan serves as executive producer.