The 2017-2018 TV season will come to an end in the not-too-distant future, which means the time is right to start wondering about whether or not certain shows will be renewed for another season. A lot of shows' futures are still up in the air, but CBS has some good news for fans of two freshman shows: David Boreanaz's SEAL Team and Shemar Moore's S.W.A.T. have been renewed for the 2018-2019 TV season.
SEAL Team marked David Boreanaz's big return to primetime after his long run on Bones. Although the September premiere of the CBS series came only six months after Bones came to an end, it was the first time in more than a decade that he was playing a leading man other than FBI Agent Seeley Booth. Boreanaz stars as Jason Hayes, leader of the Bravo Team of Navy SEALS, and his new show was a hit right out of the gate. It follows the professional and personal lives of the Bravo Team SEALs, and it pulled off a change of structure in Season 1. Not all shows can manage such a change so early in its run.
CBS credits SEAL Team with strengthening the network's Wednesday lineup in primetime, winning its time slot on a regular basis. In fact, SEAL Team ranks as CBS' top new drama in overall viewership, with an average of 10.23 million viewers in the all-important 18-49 age demographic. It's even one of CBS' top-streamed series. Although SEAL Team is not the #1 drama in the 18-49 ratings, it is tied for #1 with another show, and that show is none other than Shemar Moore's S.W.A.T.
As a reboot of a past series, there was no saying if S.W.A.T. would be a hit. While CBS has had some luck with reboots, others have fallen flat for the network. That said, Shemar Moore had a following thanks to his long run on Criminal Minds, and the early footage looked promising. Fortunately for CBS and fans of Shemar Moore who have been happy to have him in a leading role on primetime, S.W.A.T. has been a hit.
S.W.A.T. currently ranks as the second most-viewed new CBS drama, behind only SEAL Team. It also ties SEAL Team for the highest ratings of a new CBS drama with 1.8 in the key 18-49 demographic. Like SEAL Team, it is one of the most-streamed series on platforms like CBS All Access and CBS.com. Throw in the fact that S.W.A.T. has improved CBS' Thursday night time slot viewership by more than 2.5 million viewers from the previous season, and it's probably safe to say that the brass at CBS didn't have many doubts about ordering a renewal. Together with Young Sheldon, SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. give CBS three of the top five most-watched new series from the 2017-2018 season.
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