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A&E loses 49% of its audience after canceling ‘Live PD’

 A&E Network has canceled the police reality series "Live PD" after weeks of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody. (Source: A&E Television Networks)
A&E Network has canceled the police reality series "Live PD" after weeks of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody. (Source: A&E Television Networks) (A&E Television Networks)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 1:46 PM CDT
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By Josh Carter | July 24, 2020 at 6:26 PM CDT - Updated July 25 at 2:31 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The network A&E has lost half of its audience after canceling their hit show “Live PD.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the prime-time viewership of the channel is down 49% from the same period last year.

“Live PD” averaged around 2 million viewers for its weekend episodes and was the most-watched show on A&E at the time it was dropped.

It’s two spinoff shows, “Live PD: Police Patrol” and “Live PD Presents: PD Cam,” were also canceled.

The shows were canceled in the wake of the death of George Floyd and their following protests.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” A&E said at the time.

Host Dan Abrams said that he was both “shocked” and “beyond disappointed” at the cancelations.

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Original Story: https://www.wlbt.com/2020/07/24/ae-loses-its-audience-after-canceling-live-pd/

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