CBS un-cancels ‘S.W.A.T.’ 3 days after Shemar Moore’s emotional Instagram rant
CBS appears to have made a course correction after announcing the cancellation of the hit drama series “S.W.A.T.” last Friday. Within 72 hours, the network reversed its shocking decision — which came as yet another surprise.
CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach and Sony Pictures Television Studios President Katherine Pope released a joint statement regarding the un-canceling of the Shemar Moore-led series about a specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles.
“We have listened to our viewers and their outpouring of passion for ‘S.W.A.T.’ and we have reached an agreement to renew it for a final season of 13 episodes to air during the 2023-2024 broadcast year,” the executives stated.
“‘S.W.A.T.’ has aired for six seasons on CBS and garnered a devoted following. We are pleased that we found a way to bring it back and give closure to the show’s storylines and characters, which audiences deserve,” the statement continued. “Once again, we appreciate the talents and efforts of the cast, writers, producers and crew and everyone who has contributed to the success of ‘S.W.A.T.’ We look forward to its return next season.”
The announcement came just two days after Moore emotionally took to Instagram to open up about the unexpected cancellation.
“It makes no sense... We’re the best show on Friday night at 8 o’clock for CBS,” the Emmy Award winner said in a video message on Saturday night. “The last two years we’ve been killing it. We’ve done nothing wrong. We did everything that was asked for.”
According to Nielsen ratings, ‘S.W.A.T” averages 6.8 million total viewers per episode.
A few hours after Monday’s season 7 renewal announcement, the 53-year-old Oakland native posted a new Instagram video, alongside co-star David Lim, to thank fans for their outpouring of support over the weekend.
“Thank you, thank you,” Moore exclaimed to his fans. “We busted our asses six years making this show S.W.A.T... They canceled us on Friday. They renewed us today, Monday. Three days later. You know why? Because of y’all!”
“You made noise, and we so respect it, and we so appreciate it,” Moore continued. “All we wanna do is do it right. If we’re gonna go out, we’re gonna go out the right way. And we’re gonna go out for you ... Because without you, there’s no us.”