CBS Cancels “S.W.A.T.” After Six Season Despite Ratings Resurgence

Shemar Moore and Kenny Johnson in
Shemar Moore and Kenny Johnson in "S.W.A.T."

S.W.A.T. experienced somewhat of a ratings resurgence in recent years, but that didn’t stop it from getting canceled. CBS announced they’re taking this procedural action drama off the air after six seasons, and it will end its run later this month.

Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, thanked the writers, producers, cast, and crew of this series for their incredible work and passion over the past six seasons. She didn’t share any details about the reasoning behind its cancelation, but it’s most likely that CBS couldn’t come up with a financial deal with Sony TV to continue the show.

This cancelation came as a huge shocker for many of the show’s fans, but showrunner Shawn Ryan saw it coming. He told Deadline it would make sense to renew the series from the rating perspective but added there are other factors in play.

“We live in this weird age now where economic conversations take place and take precedence over what viewers really want to watch on their screens, and hopefully Sony and CBS work out the details to bring it back because I know the fans want to,” he explained.

Season 6 of S.W.A.T. is currently airing on CBS, and the season finale on May 19 will now serve as its last episode.