9:16am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Cops' Moving to Spike TV in Fall, Ending 25-Year Fox Run
Cops will get a second chance on Spike TV. Fox's 25-year-old reality series, primetime's longest-running show, will move to the cable network this fall.
The series will continue to air in its 8 p.m. time slot on Saturdays.
“Cops is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental achievement in television,” said Spike president Kevin Kay. “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 primetime lineup on Saturday nights.”
A renewal at Fox was not expected. Though the series has been a consistent performer for the network for some time, the similarly themed America's Most Wanted ended its Fox run last year before a brief run on Lifetime.
Cops' 25th season, which concludes its run this May, was renewed last year for an abbreviated season of 16 episodes and an anniversary special. It was created by John Langley and aired the first of 900 episodes on March 11, 1989.