‘SWAT’ Battles an Unknown Hacker in New Trailer

by Leanne Stahulak
Pictured (L-R): Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson as Dominique Luca, Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Alex Russell as Jim Street, and David Lim as Victor Tan. Photo: Erik Voake/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“SWAT” fans finally got a tease of what to expect from the next episode of the CBS series, which returns on Jan. 23.

A YouTube page called TV Promos posted the 10-second preview clip that aired at the end of last week’s “SWAT” episode. In this clip, we quickly learn about the new threat facing Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson and the rest of the squad: A dangerous hacker.

Check out the quick “SWAT” teaser below before we dive in.

Right off the bat, we learn the LAPD has been hacked with a deadly computer virus. According to a quote from Hondo, this virus could potentially put “every cop in the city at risk.” Perhaps the virus will leak the personal names, addresses, and family members of all the LAPD cops to local criminal organizations. That makes it easier for the crime lords to control the cops if their families are at risk.

We also know a bit more about why this “SWAT” episode is titled “Old Schol Cool” too. If the hacker is using super-sophisticated technology to hack the LAPD servers, perhaps the team will have to use some “old school” technology to circumvent the virus.

But unfortunately, we won’t find out for sure how Hondo and the crew handle the hacker until two weeks from now. “SWAT” won’t return until Jan. 23, as CBS postpones episodes for all its main shows for the next few weeks. The network hasn’t specified why exactly they’re delaying the new episodes. Likely, it has to do with more fans tuning in to the NFL playoffs than the network’s shows.

And based on “SWAT’s” recent ratings performance, they can’t afford to lose any more viewers than they already have.

‘SWAT’ Suffers From Low Ratings as It Switches Time Slots

“SWAT,” like most network shows, took a brief pause around the holidays and returned in January. But it didn’t slip back into its normal Friday night time slot. Instead, CBS switched the show over to Sunday nights. The reasoning for this is because “SEAL Team” wrapped up its final episodes, and CBS wanted to fill the Sunday night slot. They chose “SWAT” to do it, which didn’t do the show any favors.

When the Shemar Moore-led show returned on Jan. 2, it produced its lowest ratings and viewership numbers yet, per TVLine. It produced a 0.4 demo rating and only 3.7 million viewers tuned in total. This might be an improvement over “SEAL Team,” but “SWAT” needs to do well if it’s going to be renewed for Season 6.

According to TVLine’s most recent ratings for the Jan. 9 episode, “SWAT” drew in about 200,000 more viewers for 3.9 million total this week. The demo rating stayed the same at 0.4 though. Hopefully, when it returns in two weeks, those viewers and ratings will skyrocket.