“Live PD” will continue beaming real-time images of police officers to viewers on weekend nights for a good while to come.
A&E on Wednesday picked up 100(!) additional episodes of the series, which has drawn solid ratings for the channel since its debut in October 2016. The pickup will extend the show, which airs twice weekly, into 2018.
“‘Live PD’ is emblematic of the type of groundbreaking nonfiction content A&E is committed to delivering to our viewers, and the outstanding success of the series has been a key contributor to the growth of the network at a time when the industry at large continues to experience viewership erosion,” A&E head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant says in a statement.
Airing on Friday and Saturday nights, the show averages about 1.4 million viewers in Live +7 ratings and is consistently among the top original cable shows among adults 18-49 on those nights. It’s also No. 1 on Fridays and Saturdays with the A&E’s target demographic of adults 25-54. Since its launch, the audience for “Live PD” has grown by 92 percent.
The series features live looks at policing from departments across the country, using footage from crews in the field as well as police dashboard cameras. Host Dan Abrams and analyst Tom Morris Jr. guide viewers through the action.
“Live PD” joins these shows that have been picked up for the 2017-18 season and beyond.