CBS Renews S.W.A.T. for Season 8 with 22 Episodes

CBS renews police drama series S.W.A.T. for an eighth season with 22 episodes. The show's seventh season averaged 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.70 million viewers.

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CBS Renews S.W.A.T. for Season 8 with 22 Episodes

CBS Renews S.W.A.T. for Season 8 with 22 Episodes

CBS has renewed the police action drama series S.W.A.T. for an eighth season, consisting of 22 episodes, after previously being uncanceled. The show, starring Shemar Moore, Jay Harrington, and David Lim, follows Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and his Special Weapons And Tactics unit in Los Angeles.

The seventh season of S.W.A.T. averaged a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.70 million viewers, down 11% in the demo and 6% in viewership compared to season six. The season 7 finale, set to air on May 17, will leave doors open for future storylines. "We have three episodes left to finish [airing] this season. So when you get to the finale, you'll see we shaped it in a way that it's either our swan song or our new beginning," Shemar Moore told Deadline.

S.W.A.T. was initially canceled by CBS after six seasons, but the network later reversed its decision and ordered a seventh and final season to wrap up the show. Moore expressed hope for an eighth season if ratings were strong enough for the seventh season.

On April 12, 2024, CBS announced a surprise renewal for season eight, much to the delight of fans. The show's fate was uncertain, but the network's decision ensures that Hondo and his team will continue to fight on.

The renewal of S.W.A.T. for Season 8 comes as the 2023-2024 broadcast season nears its end, with many shows already airing their finales. Due to the strikes in summer 2023, TV seasons were shortened to about 10-13 episodes for most shows. Some series, like Young Sheldon and Bob Hearts Abishola, have already aired their series finales, while others, such as CSI: Vegas and NCIS: Hawai'i, have been canceled.

With the Season 7 finale of S.W.A.T. set to air on May 17, fans can look forward to the show's return for an eighth season, consisting of a full 22-episode order. The series' renewal demonstrates CBS's confidence in the show's ability to continue delivering compelling storylines and strong ratings.

Key Takeaways

  • CBS renews S.W.A.T. for an 8th season with 22 episodes.
  • Season 7 averaged 0.36 rating and 4.70 million viewers.
  • Season 7 finale airs May 17, leaving room for future storylines.
  • S.W.A.T. was initially canceled, then revived for Season 7.
  • Renewal demonstrates CBS's confidence in the show's ratings.