LIVE PD is returning with a new home after being cancelled during the 2020 “abolish the police” movement


Dan Abrams has announced that after nearly two years off the air, Live PD is making a rebranded comeback with a new channel.

On Patrol: Live will air on cable channel Reels starting this summer.

“First, I want to say thank you to the ‘Live PD’ nation, Abrams said. I know this wait was long, but we needed the right platform to make this show what it should be. As many of you know, I have been advocating for this show to return since the day it went off of the air.”

According to Abrams, the show was cancelled during the riots that began after the death of George Floyd. It was on for four years with 219 episodes.

“Two years ago, when I was upset by the decision to pull the show, sometimes I said things that were viewed as controversial. I was told to stop, by friends, other people, that I was endangering my career by speaking out.

Police are the bad guys to so many in the media. This wasn’t the time to make those kinds of comments. So, wanting to see how police work is done from the officer’s perspective, was viewed as wrong or shameful.

Well, now it seems that many have come around and realized, ‘Wow, we actually need our police.’

My position has never changed. We needed our police officers then. We need them now. And we need our show.”

The show was canceled by A&E after reports surfaced that a Live PD crew was filming with a department and captured the death of a black man in police custody.

The previous network for the show issued a statement at the time of cancellation.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history, and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”

Now, apart from A&E, the show is making its long-awaited comeback.

The wait has been long, but Abrams knew the show would need the right platform to be successful. The fans “never gave up the faith.”

And neither did he.

While the show will feature some changes and some new departments and agencies, there are a few things that remain the same. Abrams will continue to host the show, along with his original co-host, Sean “Sticks” Larkin, retired officer from the Tulsa Police Department.

In December of 2021, Abrams invited the Live PD team back for a reunion show. In the nearly 45 minutes they were on the air, he got very personal about what the show meant to him. They even highlighted some of the show’s accomplishments, which included:

  • Tips from viewers led to law enforcement recovering 13 missing children
  • Tips from viewers led to law enforcement capturing 34 wanted fugitives.

“Let me get personal for a moment,” Abrams began his closing statement from that show. “Before Live PD, I’d been on the air in high profile roles as a national news anchor and correspondent for over 20 years. But nothing in my professional career has compared to being a part of Live PD

We became a family, those of us on the set; the producers, the crews, both in studio and those who were out with the officers and of course, most importantly, all of you [viewers].  

Together, you, we, had something truly special that I had never had in my professional life. I want it back. So, rest assured that I will continue to fight the fight as best I can.” 

Now, everyone who has been wanting to see the show return has gotten their wish.

We reached out to Abrams, Larkin and Reelz asking if they would be willing to discuss the reboot and how the past two years have impacted them. Should they respond, we will provide an update.


A&E gets a taste of ‘get woke, go broke’ after cancelling Live PD – loses nearly half of their viewers

It appears that ever since A&E decided to drop the show “Live PD” from its roster of programs, the cable network happened to lose nearly half of their viewership. As the modern saying goes, “get woke, go broke.”

The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the Neilson ratings data, and it looks like A&E made a huge mistake by caving to a demographic that really wasn’t paying attention to their channel to begin with.

When reviewing the numbers from June 11th to July 19th, A&E managed to only pull in 498,000 viewers during their primetime programming period – which is 49% down from the same time last year.

When examining their key demographics, which are 18-49 and 25-54, viewership during primetime hours are down 55% and 53%.

Turns out that “Live PD” happened to be the networks most successful show when it came to ratings – pulling in an average of 1.9 million viewers for the episodes that used to air on Friday and Saturday evening. Oh, and all the successful spin-offs of “Live PD,” which were “Live PD: Police Patrol” and “Live PD Presents: PD Cam” were also cancelled.

When calculating the total success of the “Live PD” shows and spin-offs, certain weeks showed that the programs managed to account for over 85% of A&E’s total viewership.

Even when looking into non-primetime hours, the network has suffered a substantial hit in viewership in the weeks following the cancellation of “Live PD.” Neilson data shows that average daily viewership is down 36% when compared to 2019.

When looking into the key demographics within A&E’s total viewers, the 18-49 age group is down 42% and 25-54 age group is down 46%.

Even political commentator Tim Pool – who fancies himself as a liberal – lampooned the decision by A&E to pull the show “Live PD” after seeing the aftermath of the ratings.

“Your virtue signal just cost you money – half of it. How insane are these people dude? Have you read a poll?

“People like police. People don’t want to defund the police. And yes, there’s a large group of people in this country that either don’t care or straight up oppose black lives matter.”

Pool continued with his critique of A&E:

“Mind you – this is during the pandemic, when everybody’s rating are skyrocketing. They dropped by half. You deserve it. Get woke, go broke.”

During the review of the ratings drop, Pool even made mention of the silent majority showing their presence in this effort:

“I tell you my friends, the silent majority has spoken, by simply turning off the TV because there was nothing to watch.”

From there, in a partially serious and partly sarcastic tone, Pool expressed confusion at the act and also stated that any public company that engages in this behavior should worry investors:

“Why would they do this man? Look, I’ll tell you what – be warned of any company publicly traded that does things like this. I don’t know if A&E is publicly traded or what, I think Disney and all that – they are.

“But you have to be nuts to be like ‘let’s cancel our highest rated program and all of it’s sister programs which account for 85% of our total traffic.”

Well, once again, get woke, go broke.

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Here’s the original report we ran back in June when the network announced the show’s cancellation.

Looks like the season 33 of Cops and the show Live PD have been yanked off the air – and one needn’t be a rocket scientist to ascertain what recent events likely inspired the move.

Whenever there’s an incident that creates a national dialogue (or debate in some instances), seeing the likes of various product brands or service-offering companies create some kind of a “statement” in relation isn’t abnormal.

In this case, we’re seeing TV shows get brought into the mix of the fallout of George Floyd’s death and the ongoing protests in relation to.

Cable TV network A&E pulled episodes of Live PD from the channel, and released the following statement in relation to the move:

“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast Live PD this weekend.”

There’s no indication as of this time as to whether Live PD’s fourth season will resume at a later date on A&E.

The weekend broadcast that would have normally been shown on June 5th and 6th were replaced with episodes of the spin-off series Live Rescue which features EMTs and firefighters.

While Live PD may make a return, the future is even less certain with the longstanding series Cops. New episodes ran on Paramount Network, which was previously known as Spike TV.

Paramount Network had reportedly said, via a rep from the network, that there are no plans to air any new episodes of Cops moving forward.

This was despite the season 33 premiere being poised to air its first episode on June 8th.

There’s no word on whether TV stations that run reruns of Cops via syndication will follow suit, as there are numerous local stations that tend to run reruns from the over 30-year-old docuseries.

Apparently, having shows that showcase policing is problematic in today’s hyper sensitive world.

While nearly every law enforcement official with a wide vocal-reach within the country has admonished the death of George Floyd while in police custody; it seems that showing police in any positive light is somehow a bad thing.

At this point, it’s wouldn’t be surprising if Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was among the next upon the cancel-culture chopping block.


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