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TNT renews ‘Southland’ for a fifth season despite relatively low ratings

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TNT’s gritty L.A. cop drama “Southland” is getting a fifth season despite modest ratings. The show will return for another ten episodes in February 2013.

Michael Wright, who runs programming for TNT, released this statement:

Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT’s Southland as one of television’s best dramas. This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way.

You can read more here as he details some of the plot twists from season four.

The show averaged about 1.8 million viewers in overnight ratings, by far the lowest of any of TNT’s existing dramas. In comparison, both “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” regularly draw 7 million plus viewers. “Falling Skies” regularly drew more than 4 million. “Leverage” brings in 3 to 4 million while “Franklin & Bash” took in 2.5 to 3 million a week in its first season.

“Southland” began its life on NBC in 2009 but was tossed aside in favor of Jay Leno at 10 p.m. TNT saved it. Though it’s never broken out in terms of overall viewers, TNT management has embraced the show’s quality, unique voice and ability to draw dedicated younger viewers it covets.  It doesn’t receive the number of episodes other TNT shows get but at least it’s still alive.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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May 4th, 2012
1:41 pm

It is an OK show I like “Rizzoli & Isles” better.


May 4th, 2012
2:52 pm

I have tried to watch but have not gotten hooked into the show. I’m still sad to see the end of line for ‘The Closer’.


May 4th, 2012
2:59 pm

It’s the best cop series on TV. I’m thrilled. I’m always looking at my On Demand to see if there are any more episodes coming or I’ve missed.

Mercedes S.

May 4th, 2012
3:08 pm

This is good news, RoHo – “Southland” is my favorite crime show after “The Closer”.


May 4th, 2012
3:16 pm

Caught an episode by accident one night a few months ago and became hooked. This is by far the best cop drama on tv right now, and this is coming from a Law & Order loyalist.

SO glad TNT decided to renew.


May 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

Yes! Finally network executives making the right decisions. This is by far the best cop show this season.

I love Bush

May 4th, 2012
3:50 pm

Southland” is my favorite crime this is one of the best cop drama on tv right now good move TNT


May 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

Best shot cop show I have ever seen. Not even a fan of cop shows and have given up on every one I’ve watched. Not this one. Damn fine job to pick it up for it’s 5th. Hopefully ratings are better.


May 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

Great show…far better than what the Closer has become and definitely better than Rizzoli and Isles! Realistic, gritty, shows the good and the bad. I love this show.


May 4th, 2012
4:23 pm

Best cop show ever-hands down. Glad to see it’s been renewed. Can’t wait for the new episodes. This show is more realistic than any police drama on TV. I remember the first time I saw the show when it took the time slot of ER on Thursday nights. Long live SOUTHLAND!!!!!


May 4th, 2012
4:38 pm

Great show. Solid acting, especially the underated Regina King

good show

May 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

Best cop show on tv right now.


May 4th, 2012
4:52 pm

The reason this show is so great is simple. The show is “real”. The actors portray policemen and policewomen as human beings. We know their backstories. We know how things at home follow them to work. They deal with criminals in a realistic manner. Thanks TNT for bringing the show back.


May 4th, 2012
6:21 pm

Southland is a good it is hard for viewers to get into it because of spuratic scheduling, very short seasons and long times between seasons.


May 4th, 2012
6:29 pm

Best cop show since The Shield ended!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

May 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

I really enjoy this show. Cop Shows are my favorite. I work in Law Enforcement. What I am most excited about is Regina King. Having watched this little girl grow up on TV into an accompolished actress, I am so proud of her. She often steals the show with her powerful performance.


May 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

I look forward to each new season and lament the end of each season. Great show, great acting, great back stories. Yeah… Regina King leads the pack of some amzingly talented performers.

Kwame S

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Great show, great writers and great drama. I know ratings are important but sometimes quality should just be rewarded.

D Hill

May 4th, 2012
9:11 pm

A great show that does not get the publicity it should get. TNT has a very solid lineup of shows. This is one of my favorite shows!!

Bobby B

May 4th, 2012
9:53 pm

I like Southland, best cop show since NYPD Blue. My Dad is a retired ATL police officer…he always said that the only cop show that was somewhat realistic was Barney Miller. (anyone under about 45-50 won’t get that unless they’ve caught reruns on TV Land or such)

The Truth

May 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

Good show, too many white cops though!


May 6th, 2012
3:13 am

Southland deserved 13 episodes but ten is better than it being cancelled. Southland is a great cop show but not quite as good as The Shield, then again im not sure any show in any genre was as good as The Shield.

J To

May 6th, 2012
11:51 am

‘Southland’ is amazing, NBC made a mistake letting this one go


May 6th, 2012
12:08 pm

I may watch it if I knew when it was on.


May 6th, 2012
1:11 pm

Being a metro Atl police officer I’ve enjoyed this show and all it has to offer.. It’s the real thing to what we deal with out here on these streets. A lot of other shows are not as close.. Thanks TNT for renewing, I’ve turn my co-workers on to this show.. We all love it!!


May 7th, 2012
5:55 am

Hands-down the best cop show on TV!
There is one big problem with this show–not enough episodes. They bearly get started when the season finale is announced. That seems to be a pattern with way too many shows. More episodes, and stronger marketing, would probably help to increase rating numbers.