‘The Equalizer’ Nabs Season 5 Renewal at CBS

The Equalizer (Credit: CBS)

CBS is bringing The Equalizer back for a fifth season, the network announced Thursday.

The Equalizer, led by the incomparable Queen Latifah, has all the best elements of a powerful drama,” Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a press release.

“The series is stacked with suspense, heroism, high stakes and formidable characters our audience roots for. We look forward to another dynamic season,” Reisenbach added.

This season, the crime drama averages 7.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures provided by CBS. Additionally, the series reaches 10 million viewers in live plus 35-day multiplatform viewership on TV and streaming. It’s also the #1 entertainment program among African American viewers.

Still, fewer people watch the series than CBS police drama FBI, which was renewed two weeks ago and averages 12.3 million viewers in live+35 day multiplatform viewership.

The Equalizer is a re-imagining of the TV show by the same name that ran on CBS from 1985 to 1989, and inspired a blockbuster film franchise starring Denzel Washington.

The TV revival stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, a former CIA operative who helps people with nowhere else to turn.

Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.

Executive producers include Andrew Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original series), Shakim Compere, Joseph C. Wilson, and Loretha Jones.

The drama premiered on Feb. 7, 2021. The debut episode aired immediately after the Super Bowl, and was seen by 23.8 million viewers — making it the most-watched debut of the 2020-2021 broadcast season, as previously reported.

After four episodes, it remained TV’s #1 scripted series with an average of 14.6 million viewers. Since then, the audience has dropped by nearly 50 percent.

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