“Cops,” Fox’s low-budget celebration of car chases, naughty-word obfuscation and private-part pixelation, is moving to guy-centric Spike TV in the fall.
For continuity’s sake, Spike will keep the franchise in the Saturday-at-8 p.m. time slot that has been home for more than two decades, the Viacom-owned cable network said Monday. Fox was a “netlet,” as the trade papers called it, when “Cops” launched in 1989.
“The rawest and . . . most realistic of all reality shows” (Spike TV’s description) will begin its 26th season in September on its new network.
“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,” Spike TV President Kevin Kay explained in Monday’s news.
Sure enough, this past Saturday’s finale of an abbreviated 25th season won its hour among 18-to-49-year-old viewers in competition with the other major English-language broadcast networks. Of the show’s 2.94 million overall viewers, 1.1 million fell into that age bracket. (An additional 1.64 million of them were 50 and older; 92,000 were 12 to 17 years old; and 118,000 were 2 to 11 years old.)