Live PD's Unpredictability Keeps Audiences Glued to A&E Over Streamers

The series has spawned 5 spinoffs and 9 quarters of network ratings growth

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Many networks are panicking as linear ratings continue to plummet—but not A&E.

The network saw nine consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth in the 25–54 age demo, due in large part to a show that has quietly turned into one of TV’s most successful franchises: Live PD. The show, which is hosted by Dan Abrams and follows police officers around the country live for three hours on Fridays and Saturdays, has made A&E the No. 1 cable network during those days in the same demo (in live-plus-3), lifting the net 20 spots from its prior rank before the series debuted in 2016.




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