CBS Renews S.W.A.T. For Season 2 Because Of The Steady Ratings


CBS's freshman S.W.A.T. received quite a controversial reception during its premiere last fall. In fact, this show is the second incarnation of the eponymous television series, which aired on ABC within two seasons yet in the 1970s. The first television adaptation was later rebooted into a movie with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Finally, CBS opted to revive the franchise one more time. Whether or not this installment gain success? Will there be another season of S.W.A.T. on CBS? Fortunately, on March 27, 2018, CBS announced that the network had opted to pick up their freshman S.W.A.T. for a sophomore season. We frankly have been expecting the renewal. Below is our forecast on the subject and our thoughts about the likely release date.

As mentioned above, the response from critics and the target audience was pretty ambivalent. Some viewers found new S.W.A.T. exciting enough, while the rest were frustrated. The same mixed opinion is traced if we take a look at the reviews by critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of the new S.W.A.T. has a score of 4.53/10 and a 45% approval rating among critics, while the viewers have evaluated the current installment at 3.5/5/63%. At the same time, on Metacritic, we face another picture, 45/100 and 3.5/10 among critics/viewers, respectively. In the meantime, an overall score of S.W.A.T. on IMDb looks average, 6.3/10 > 4,000 votes. These statistics were not looking like impressive. However, this was not a reason to cancel the show.

Therefore, we bore in mind another significant indicator such as television ratings. If to regard S.W.A.T. from this side, the figures did not seem to be unfavorable. The show's premiere has garnered 6.74 million viewers with a 1.1/4 rating/share (P18-49). After a slight drop in episode 5, which attracted 5.84 million viewers, the figures have stabilized. As a result, the viewing audience has never later decreased below the mark of 6.02 million viewers per episode. We regarded such trend as incredible steady. Therefore we predicted the future renewal.

One more factor which played in favor of renewal was that CBS had ordered more episodes for the current installment of S.W.A.T., extending thereby the show for a full 22-episode season. This decision sounded like a hint that CBS wasn't going to cancel this show after just one season. On the contrary, this decision pointed out the possible renewal.

Summing up, despite the mixed reception of the first season of S.W.A.T., this series showcased quite strong dynamics in the ratings. Besides, the recent full season pick up allowed us to assume that S.W.A.T. had strong odds to return for Season 2 on CBS. We just were needed to wait for a while before the official confirmation by the national broadcaster. Fortunately, CBS announced their decision March 27.

What Is The Show S.W.A.T. About?

If you have not yet watched this crime drama on CBS, we suggest you read a brief overview of S.W.A.T. below.

The story focuses on Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, an LA S.W.A.T. Sergeant, to whom has been entrusted to lead an elite tactical squad in the neighborhood he grew up. The unit under his leadership is the last hope of the city to restore order on the streets. As a result, Hondo found himself amidst of collision between the community where he was raised and loyalty to his fellows in the uniform. In the meantime, Hondo is the only official who might close a gap between the two worlds. Aside from the local conflict, Hondo's team feels pressure from another L.A.-based unit led by Jeff Mumford, whose approach differs from the one by Hondo. Nonetheless, under his patronage, Hondo's team is capable of coping with the task to save the community and lives.

About The Likely Release Date For Season 2 Of S.W.A.T.

According to our small study, S.W.A.T. had a real chance to return for the second season on CBS. The network thereby has just confirmed our forecast. According to the official announcement, S.W.A.T. is one of top two freshman dramas and one of the top five most-watched new shows on CBS. The broadcaster has hinted that the show would return for Season 2 in the 2018-2019 broadcast season. But CBS has yet to announce the exact release date.

We assume that we will have to wait for the upcoming premiere until this fall, taking into account the current schedule of the series. So, the likely release date is October-November of 2018. In any case, this is just our forecast. We are waiting for the official announcement from CBS. We are looking forward to their decision. Stay tuned for updates. We will keep you informed.