With a phenomenal run of six seasons, CBS’ S.W.A.T has earned the reputation of being the “bubble show” as TVLine calls it for the viewers who have been its dedicated audience. The American police procedural television series revolves around Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Daniel Harrelson and his unit.
Currently, the show possesses six seasons with the season 6 finale scheduled to air on CBS on May 19. Originally, CBS had dropped the series and decided to cancel it, but in a surprising turn of events, the network revisited their decision and gave a reason to the show’s fans to be grateful to them by renewing it for a seventh season, per Deadline.
According to TVLine, S.W.A.T season 6 has managed to garner 6.8 million total viewers, and “a 0.7 demo rating (with Live+7 playback) — up in viewers and off just a tenth in the demo compared to its Season 5 tallies. Out of the 14 dramas that CBS has aired this TV season, it ranks No. 10 in the total audience but is in a five-way tie for third in the demo, trailing only Fire Country and FBI.”
For now, with six seasons under its banner, fans are wondering whether they will ever be able to stream all six seasons together. If you belong to the same coterie, then we have some good news for you. Continue to read what’s that.
How many seasons of S.W.A.T. are available on Netflix?
As per the latest updates, the CBS show will be available for streaming on Netflix from Wednesday, May 17th, 2023. According to Netflix Life, the first five seasons of S.W.A.T. will be streaming on Netflix as it becomes the “show’s new streaming home”, owing to the series’ association with Paramount + for a few months following its end.
Below-mentioned are the number of seasons and their respective episode count which will provide you with a better idea:
- Season 1: 22 episodes
- Season 2: 23 episodes
- Season 3: 21 episodes
- Season 4: 18 episodes
- Season 5: 22 episodes
The most recent season, season 6 also constitutes 22 episodes. However, since its finale recently aired on CBS, it won’t arrive on Netflix just now. Per Deadline, the sixth season will be available for streaming on Netflix sometime in fall 2023. Meanwhile, you can start watching the first five as they dropped on the streamer on May 17.
How many episodes will be constituted in S.W.A.T. Season 7?
The seventh and final season of S.W.A.T. will feature 13 episodes, which makes the season radically shorter than its predecessors. Considering the seventh season was meant to be non-existent in the first place owing to the difficulties the producers and the creators of the show faced, a 2024 premiere date of season 7 is what we look forward to.
In conversation with THR’s latest TV’s Top 5 podcast, longtime S.W.A.T. executive producer and former day-to-day showrunner, Shawn Ryan discussed the future of a six-season-long American procedural show, while also discussing his new thriller, Netflix’s The Night Agent.
The executive producer was transparent in discussing the trends of broadcast television, which has led to the emergence of certain difficulties that impede the smooth renewal of S.W.A.T. for the seventh season. Ryan mentions how “the economics are completely different” and consequently, it might be difficult for the police show to come up for future episodes. He also reveals that it’s not a matter of ratings and that CBS will have to navigate through the procedures involved with Sony Pictures Television Studios, which aids in the production of the series:
“It’s not the same place; the economics are completely different. Right now, it’s up in the air whether S.W.A.T. will get picked up for a seventh season and that has nothing to do with ratings. You would never see that situation 15 years ago. S.W.A.T. is third in the demo at CBS; there’s no reason why the show shouldn’t be picked up other than the economics of the business are changing. CBS and Sony will or will not figure out a way to economically make a season seven work.”
Meanwhile, let us know in the comments section below how many seasons of S.WA.T. have you already watched.