The ratings for SWAT season 5, episode 6 are in. While the show has been doing alright in its Friday night spot, the show did see a dip in the ratings last night with 4.7 million viewers and a .7 demo rating. Both SWAT and Blue Bloods were down a tenth in that important demo rating. However, Magnum P.I remained steady.
This is according to TV Line. The publication notes that Blue Bloods, despite losing a tenth in the demo, still held strong in viewership, earning the most views of the night across all networks.
This doesn’t necessarily spell trouble for SWAT. The occasional dip happens now and then. But if this trend continues, there’s still a shot the show will survive. SWAT is actually moving timeslots mid-season, moving from a difficult Friday night spot to a more desirable Sunday night slot.
‘SWAT’ Is Moving Time Slots
Apparently, there was some speculation about whether or not SWAT would actually make the timeslot switch. CBS announced earlier in the year that SWAT would eventually move to Sundays, filling up the vacancy created by SEAL Team‘s switch to Paramount +. SWAT, however, has done well in that Friday slot even with the occasional dips.
Starting on January 2nd, the show will air on Sunday Nights at 10/9 central following NCIS: Los Angeles. It’s unclear what this will do to the ratings yet or if it’ll gain any new viewership due to the switch.
The Show is Based on a 1975 Series, but Not all Stars have Seen it
No matter what time or day the show airs, the content of SWAT remains the same. The show follows officer Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson as he and his elite teamwork in a community where he grew up. But it’s actually based on a 1975 series of the same name.
Still, not all stars of the current series have actually seen the original. David Lim, for instance, has admitted he hasn’t really watched the 1975 SWAT. Lim plays Victor Tan and has had previous roles on Quantico and Castle.
But, honestly, that may be a good thing. It means the show and its actors aren’t trying too hard to copy the original thing, creating something new out of the source material. SWAT is a modern adaptation of that show, dealing with current events and social issues.
If you want to catch the new SWAT, you can still tune in to CBS for the Friday night slot at 8/7 central. The show will continue in that time slot for the rest of 2021.