Spike TV announced that it is the new television home for a long-running series that the channel defines as “the rawest and most realistic of all reality shows." The show is “Cops,” which moves to Spike from Fox in September with new episodes.
Making the announcement today was Spike TV President Kevin Kay.
Said Kay: “’Cops’ is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental achievement in television. 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 prime-time lineup on Saturday nights.”
The series is wrapping up its 25th season in prime time this month. Spike said it will keep the show in its familiar Saturday 8 p.m. ET/PT time slot.
Spike will also have access to some archival material from the “Cops” library.
“Cops” creator John Langley, president of Langley Productions, said: “After 25 seasons with Fox, we are delighted to find our new home with the Spike family, where we previously aired ‘Undercover Stings.’ And we are doubly pleased that our ‘Cops’ time slot remains Saturday nights for our fans. It may be bold to say, but we are looking for yet another record-breaking run with Spike!”
“Cops” premiered March 11, 1989, and has aired more than 900 episodes.