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.
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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk