SWAT season 5 dealt unfortunate blow after making major CBS scheduling move

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CBS’ fast-paced action series SWAT returned to screens for another installment of season five, however, there was a major difference in its debut as the series has swapped its Friday slot to air weekly on Sundays. Despite this, sadly, the ratings didn’t reflect SWAT’s usual numbers before the move.

SWAT returned to screens this week, on a Sunday for the first time, but, according to TVLine, it was only able to bring in 3.7 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating.

After news of the show’s relocation was announced, fans did share their concerns and question if it would affect the rating – which it did as this was the lowest of season five.

Whereas, in comparison to season four, SWAT’s ratings had increased by 55 percent during its Friday timeslot.

Although fans had complained about the series moving, bosses were unlikely going to revert their plans about scheduling.

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Supermamalee had expressed her annoyance on Twitter: “Whyyyyyyyy!!!! Why are we moving them constantly Thursday was rightThen we adjusted to Friday but Now!!”

420technician shared their concern: “If they don’t get renewed for another season because of this Sunday move I’m going to be mad. Move #SWAT back to Friday nights ratings were high.”

ValeriBaerenz1 added: “Sunday is a complicated night, always was… The ratings weren’t bad per se considering the lead in shows performed rather poorly let’s see the adjustments.”

While Dtvr12 pleaded: “CBS better renew SWAT and put it back on Friday nights.”

Although some fans were unhappy with the scheduling move, others were pleased to see Hondo Harrelson (played by Shemar Moore) and the entire SWAT team back on screens.

This time, the episode titled ‘Survive’ focused on Deacon Kay (Jay Harrington) as he tried to escape the drug cartel members.

Viewers watched as Deacon was forced to take on a second job to support his family and provide for his youngest son who had medical issues.

Alongside his fellow colleague Christina ‘Chis’ Alonso (Lisa Esco), the two worked together in private security and were tasked with driving a wealthy man to Las Vegas.

The task of driving from Los Angeles seemed easy enough and it helped as they built a positive rapport with the passenger Miguel Velez.

He told the officers he wanted to visit Los Vegas because that’s where they filmed cowboy movies, which he was fond of, however, in true SWAT form things quickly went sour.

In order to access the town Miguel was headed to, Deacon had to drive off the main road and this is where they were attacked.

Another car forced them off the road and when the passengers jumped out of their car, they began firing shots at the trio.

The cartel members demanded Miguel and said the officers could get away if they handed him over – although the businessman didn’t know why.

Miguel suggested he was being kidnapped and he had been threatened with it before, so Deacon and Chris used their skills to out the gunmen.

However, it was later revealed Miguel was in fact the accountant for the cartel and was trying to run away from them.

Thankfully, the SWAT team were growing concerned after not hearing from Deacon and Chris and were able to track them down and rescue them.

SWAT season five continues Sundays on CBS.

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