‘Live PD’ Was A&E’s Top-Rated Show Before Abrupt Cancellation

Hosted by Dan Abrams, the show topped out at 2.4 million viewers last year

A&E’s decision on Wednesday to cancel “Live PD” amid a firestorm over its handling of footage of the 2019 death of a suspect in the custody of Texas police officers was a surprising — especially since up until Wednesday the the 4-year-old reality show was the cable network’s top-rated show.

The show, co-hosted and co-executive produced by ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams frequently topped all of cable in its Saturday night timeslot, with a Friday installment last year hitting a series high of 2.4 million total viewers.

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Reid Nakamura

Reid Nakamura

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