A&E’s Viewership Plummets 49 Percent After Canceling ‘Live PD’


A&E’s viewership has tanked 49 percent after the network canceled the popular show Live PD on June 10, in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Average prime-time viewership between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, which is down 49 percent from the same time period last year,” according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD,’” said A&E at the time of canceling the show. “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.”

Live PD — a show that follows police officers as they do their jobs across the country — had averaged around 1.9 million viewers for its Friday and Saturday night episodes. The program has also spawned multiple successful spinoffs, Live PD: Police Patrol and Live PD Presents: PD Cam, which have also been reportedly canceled. – READ MORE

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