'Cops' moves to Spike after FOX cancels long-running series
"Cops" has been around for almost as long as FOX has. It premiered in March 1989, about 2 1/2 years after the network launched, and was one of the shows that helped the network establish its identity. FOX, however, reduced the show's order for this season and has now officially canceled the show after 25 seasons.
Spike is more than happy to keep the franchise rolling, though. It will pick up new episodes of the docu-series starting the fall and will keep the show in its long-time Saturday timeslot.
"'Cops' is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental achievement in television," says Kevin Kay, president of Spike TV. "As we continue to grow and expand our audience, new episodes of 'Cops,' with its loyal audience of adults 18-49, is the perfect addition to our primetime lineup on Saturday nights."
"Cops" is averaging about 3.3 million viewers on FOX this season (combining the average for both episodes) and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.