A TV series that’s still in its first season just received a whopping order for 100 additional episodes — an order that’s even more whopping considering that each episode runs three hours. A&E Network announced the order today for “Live PD,” which airs Friday and Saturday nights on the cable channel.
The original documentary series takes viewers along for the ride, live, as it tracks the activities of various police departments. The series is produced by Big Fish Entertainment.
The order extends the show’s run into 2018 and brings the total episode count to 142, A&E noted.
“’Live PD’ is the top unscripted crime series on cable and ranks #1 among original cable programs on Friday and Saturday night with adults 25-5,” A&E said in today’s announcement. “Since its debut in October 2016, ‘Live PD’ premieres are averaging 1.4 million total viewers in Live+7 viewing. The series hit a viewership high on Friday, June 23, with 1.6 million total viewers. Viewership has increased 92% since launch, and the series has more than doubled the A&E year-ago time period.”
Said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President & Head of Programming for A&E: “‘Live PD’ is emblematic of the type of groundbreaking nonfiction content A&E is committed to delivering to our viewers, and the outstanding success of the series has been a key contributor to the growth of the network at a time when the industry at large continues to experience viewership erosion. We are very pleased to continue our partnership with the team at Big Fish, our host Dan Abrams, our analyst Tom Morris Jr., our studio and field crew across the country, as well as the communities and law enforcement agencies who have opened their doors to our viewers for an unfettered glimpse of the policing of America.”