A&E is officially pulling the plug on Live P.D. in light of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The series was one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable. In a joint decision, A&E and MGM Big Fish Entertainment opted to cancel the show after temporarily putting the reality series’ on hiatus last week.
The network addressed the situation in a statement to Deadline. “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live P.D. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”
Airing from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Live P.D. drew about 3 million viewers per weekend. During the coronavirus pandemic, the show rose to the top spot in all cable. The live series followed police departments from across the United States, documenting their patrol in real-time.
Host Dan Abrams Reacts
Dan Abrams, host of Live P.D., took to Twitter to address the viewers. He expressed feeling taken by surprise by the network’s decision to cancel the show.
The cancellation of Live P.D. comes on the heels of Paramount Network ending its six-year run of popular series, Cops. The show premiered on Fox in 1989, airing for 25 seasons. SpikeTV, which was rebranded as Paramount Network in 2018, resurrected the series in 2013.
The 33rd season of Cops was slated to premiere earlier this week. However, it has been off-air since June 1. The network expressed having no plans to bring the series back. “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a Paramount spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.