Why SWAT deserves a fourth season

"Kingdom" - The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo's older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. Also, the SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist, Luca's food truck business hits a snag, and Street worries that dating Captain Hick's daughter, Molly (Laura James), will negatively impact his career, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Jay Harrington as David "Deacon" Kay. Photo: Best Possible Screengrab/CBS 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Kingdom" - The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo's older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. Also, the SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist, Luca's food truck business hits a snag, and Street worries that dating Captain Hick's daughter, Molly (Laura James), will negatively impact his career, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Jay Harrington as David "Deacon" Kay. Photo: Best Possible Screengrab/CBS 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /
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Because of ratings, SWAT is considered on the bubble, which means renewal could go either way, but fans remain dedicated to the series.

Ratings for SWAT, the Shemar Moore led cop drama based on the 1975 series and subsequent 2003 movie, have been hovering around the four million mark this season, though some episodes have exceeded that. Besides the viewer numbers, most networks look at the ratings in the 18-49 demo to determine if a show should be renewed. The higher the numbers in this category, the better. S.W.A.T. stands at an average of 0.56 this season. Unfortunately, that means the drama/action series is not certain to be renewed for a fourth season.

This is disappointing news to the dedicated fans who have been following the series since it debuted in 2017. These viewers have grown attached to Sgt. Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) and his S.W.A.T. team whose personal lives often intertwine with the dangerous job they’ve chosen. And those viewers believe in the importance of quality television which SWAT has established itself to be.

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This series tackles serious topics, and not all episodes feature happy endings. That’s true to life. Though the characters are fictional, they showcase dangers that happen to the men and women on the streets that are members of real S.W.A.T. teams. This offers viewers a birds-eye view of the harshness of a cop’s life, the constant need for vigilance, and the messy ways their jobs can interfere with their personal lives.

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SWAT has created a team that viewers care about, characters that are full of heart but make bad decisions sometimes. The series shines a light on difficult subjects many viewers can relate to like estranged parents and relatives, parents with terminal diseases, financial hardships that lead to poor choices, the struggle to find peace, and overcoming challenging obstacles. This team isn’t perfect, but, to a certain extent, their lives mirror those of the viewers.

While this is a high-octane drama series, SWAT is also a show that, through the characters, explores the good in people as well as the bad, those with heart, and those who struggle to find some level of happiness in their lives. And it’s those people that keep fans returning and why SWAT deserves a fourth season.

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SWAT airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.