First of all, it's worth mentioning that The Rookie drew enough viewing audience during its premiere, 5.43 million viewers with a 1.0/5 key demo/share among adults (P18-49). The further episodes of the 1st season have garnered not less than 3.5 million viewers each. Talking about the total quantity of viewers, including DVR, we have a figure close to ten million viewers (9.68). Though the numbers don't look impressive, the viewership of the series is more than enough for a decision on renewal.
The Rookie Season 1 has been positively met by the most of critics, while among the viewers the show has received the universal acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the 1st installment of the police procedural dramedy holds a score of 6.33/10 with a 68% approval rating among critics, while the viewers have rated the debut season of the show at 4.5/5, providing a 92% rating. On Metacritic, we see almost the same figures, 64/100 and 7.5/10, among critics/viewers, respectively. On IMDb, The Rookie keeps steady ratings, 8.0/10 based on over 8,200 votes.
The Rookie is unique among all other shows of such a genre. However, also worth noting that the reviews, which the show has received from critics and viewers were quite ambivalent. In our opinion, The Rookie is a kind of police procedural which is worth watching.
Summing up, given the positive statistics presented above, we have concluded that the management of ABC isn't going to think so long on the subject of renewal and is about to pick up The Rookie for a 2nd installment. It turned out that the statistics never lie. If the viewership is high and the response from critics and viewers is above average, the decision on renewal, as a rule, follows soon.
The Rookie Season 2 Release Date
As mentioned above, The Rookie Season 2 release date is yet to be announced. Nonetheless, we don't think that ABC is going to shift the show in another time slot. Given the fact that the debut season kicked off in October, we are expecting The Rookie Season 2 this fall, in October 2019.
Of course, we don't rule out that ABC could make some changes in the schedule. Therefore, we are looking forward to the official news from the network. As soon as ABC sets the exact date for The Rookie Season 2, we will update this page. Stay tuned for updates. We will keep you informed.
The Rookie Summary
The story revolves around John Nolan, a 40-year-old just divorced man, who moves to LA in a hope of becoming a police officer. John formerly managed a construction company. He also has a son. Yet once he assisted the police during a bank robbery, whereupon he opted to try his hand in a new area. As expected, John was the oldest graduate in the police academy, and as a result, he is now the oldest rookie in the LAPD. Yet in spite of his age, John Nolan will have to face many challenges each cop passes through when takes in charge.
The Rookie premiered on October 16, 2018, on ABC. The police procedural series is created by ABC Studios and Entertainment One, and executive produced by Alexi Hawley.