‘SWAT’ Is Moving to a New Night: Here’s When to Watch

by Madison Miller

For fans of the popular drama “SWAT,” it’s time to make some room in your Sunday night schedule.

The popular series on CBS is moving to an all-new night very soon. As of now, the show airs on Friday nights at 8/7 p.m. CT. Starting on January 2, “SWAT” will instead move to Sunday nights at 10/9 CT. Not only will the day of the week be different, but the show’s air time is far later in the evening.

The fifth season of SWAT just aired on the first night of October. It featured Hondo (played by Shemar Moore) in Mexico after his demotion. In addition to this plot change, CBS moved the show to Friday nights. Normally, this is actually a really hard night for a network TV program to attract live audiences.

According to TVLine, the season five premiere actually had the largest audience since the season 3 finale in May 2020. It had 4.7 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. The show was up 82% in viewers.

Despite the fact that “SWAT” seems to have adjusted to the new timeslot well, CBS decided to move the show once again. The fact that the show is moving both to a different day and time shift could be an incredibly risky move.

Now the show will play after “The Equalizer” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The Friday night lineup will consist of “Undercover Boss,” “Magnum P.I.,” and “Blue Bloods.”

New Guest Star on “SWAT’

The popular series also welcomed an all-new guest star for the most recent episode last Friday.

Jock McKissic guest-starred as Corey Wagner on the series. In addition to his acting career, McKissic also had a pretty successful college football career. He played for the Clemson Tigers from 2005 to 2008. According to Tigernet, he had a total of 68 tackles during his career and was even the team captain during his senior year.

Since then he has appeared in countless acting roles. That includes small roles in “Necessary Roughness,” “The Quad,” “Quantico,” “Nashville,” “Saints and Sinners,” “Blindspot,” and “24: Legacy.”

Although “SWAT” is riveting and larger-than-life, it’s all fictional. That is something that Shemar Moore stresses when he talks about his role in the drama. Although it deals with real issues, it all could be taken with a grain of salt.

“‘S.W.A.T.’ is a good-time, interesting, exciting show, but with a poignant message that pertains to real life issues. A TV show can’t fix the problems that are going on in the United States and around the world,” he said during an interview with Stack.

Although fictional, Moore still believes that show could work to inspire its viewers in certain ways. “…but it can create a different mindset if people really want a chance at faith, hope, and a belief of a better, safer, united place, all the while having a good time,” he also said.