‘SWAT’ Ratings Hit Season Low in New Sunday Time Slot Debut

by Joe Rutland

With a new timeslot, some shows hope it provides a bounce in ratings. This, though, did not happen on Sunday night for SWAT.

The CBS drama moved from Friday nights into the Sunday timeslot once held by SEAL Team. Well, it did not help SWAT one bit.

In fact, their ratings posted season-low numbers, according to TV Line.

The show, which stars Shemar Moore as Daniel “Hondo” Henderson, pulled in 3.7 million viewers. It also posted a 0.4 demo rating.

Both are season-low numbers. But they actually provided CBS with a little improvement over those SEAL Team final network episodes.

If you missed SWAT this week, then you can catch it on Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.

Oh, if you are looking for Season 4 on streaming services, then you will have to look hard. The first three seasons are available on Hulu.

SWAT is available for streaming on Paramount+ and Hulu+. You will need a subscription to these platforms in order to check out episodes.

‘SWAT’ Actor David Lim Talks About Cast’s Tactical Training Work

Actor David Lim knows that in order to get ready for a role, certain things have to be done.

For instance, you have to learn about your character. Also, you have to go through some training if that is needed.

When it comes to SWAT, then yeah, you’re going to need a little more than just studying lines.

See, he and all the other cast members had to bust it all the time before the first season aired on CBS. Lim discussed this in an interview in 2017 with Tell-Tale TV.

He says that they created the role of Tan just for him.

“And so I was obviously over the moon,” Lim says. “A week later I’m doing tactical training. And a few days after that I’m on set filming the pilot with (executive producer) Justin Lin.”

What did this tactical training involve?

Working with real-life SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) officers from Los Angeles and San Diego, along with Navy SEALs. Showrunners wanted to make the team as “realistic” as possible.

They figured that working with real men and women on the job could help add a dose of true realism.

“We did a little bit of training before the pilot,” Lim says. “But when we got picked up and we went to series, we really kind of clocked in and did a full week of tactical training. Just making sure we knew how to enter a building where there’s a threat, how to clear rooms, and how to move as a fluid unit.”

These days, the show’s cast is working hard to keep the series going on CBS.