The network has renewed the Queen Latifah-led reboot of its 1980s series for a second season in 2021-22. The pickup comes just four episodes into its first season, which began with a post-Super Bowl premiere and has put up solid ratings since.
“The Equalizer has proven more than equal to the task of engaging viewers and racking up wins on Sunday night,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. “We’re extremely proud to see this outstanding broadcast drama, led by Queen Latifah, punch through the competitive landscape and return for a second season.”
The show’s post-Super Bowl premiere averaged 20.4 million viewers the night it aired, growing to 23.8 million with delayed viewing. Subsequent episodes have held up pretty well, averaging about 11.5 million viewers. Through four episodes, The Equalizer is the most watched show (excluding sports) on network TV this season with 14.6 million viewers per episode. Even removing the post-Super Bowl premiere, it would rank in the top five. It’s averaging a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 including the Super Bowl episode and 1.45 without it (also including delayed viewing).
Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, a former CIA operative who now uses her skills to help people with nowhere else to turn. The cast also includes Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes.
Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original series) and Shakim Compere are the executive producers. Universal Television produces in association with CBS Studios.
The Equalizer is the third show to earn a spot in CBS’ 2021-22 lineup, joining comedies The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola.