Cops, ending its 25th season on Fox this May, will move to a new cable home on Spike TV this September, the network announced on Monday.
Spike will continue to air Cops in its Saturday at 8 p.m. timeslot. The network will also acquire some of the documentary-reality series’ archive episodes.
“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 TV president Kevin Kay. “As we continue to grow and expand our audience, new episodes of Cops, with its loyal audience of adults 18 to 49, is the perfect addition to our primetime lineup on Saturday nights.”
Though Cops had been a staple of Fox’s Saturday lineup for decades, the network beganpre-empting it last season with live sports like NASCAR, UFC and Major League baseball.
The series originally premiered in 1989 and has aired more than 900 new episodes following officers in 140 different cities. It is created by John Langley, who previously produced Undercover Stings for Spike TV.
Cops has aired in syndication for the past 20 years and a new version of the show called Cops Reloaded is being re-cut to air in broadcast and cable syndication this fall.