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Ratings for A&E Network have plummeted since it cancelled the hit police reality show “Live PD” on June 10, a sign of how much the network relies on law-enforcement programming.

Average prime-time viewership for A&E between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, down 49% from the same period last year, according to data from Nielsen. In the key demographics of adults 18-49 and 25-54, the declines are 55% and 53%, respectively.


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A&E Has Lost Half Its Viewers Since Dropping ‘Live PD’

Network’s prime-time viewership was up 4% this year before it canceled its hit police reality show, Nielsen data show

Ratings for A&E Network have plummeted since it canceled the hit police reality show “Live PD” on June 10, a sign of how much the network relies on law-enforcement programming.

Average prime-time viewership for A&E between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, down 49% from the same period last year, according to data from Nielsen. In the key demographics of adults 18-49 and 25-54, the declines are 55% and 53%, respectively.

The show, which follows police on their rounds in multiple cities simultaneously, averaged about 1.9 million viewers for its Friday and Saturday night episodes, repeatedly re-aired on other days. It spawned several successful spinoff shows, also canceled.

A&E, co-owned by the Walt Disney Co. DIS -0.43% and Hearst Corp., dropped “Live PD” in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The death has sparked protests about police violence, a movement to defund the police and broader discussions about race and diversity.

Before A&E pulled the show, its prime-time viewership was up 4% from the same period in 2019, according to Nielsen. The network has other popular shows, including “The First 48”—which follows the first two days of a criminal investigation—and “Court Cam,” about outbursts inside courtrooms, but none as successful as “Live PD.”

A&E’s ratings declines go beyond prime time. Total daily average viewership in the weeks since the show was pulled is down 36% from a year earlier, to 319,000 people. In the 18-49 and 25-54 age groups, the declines are even larger: 42% and 46%, respectively.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, A&E called the drop a “temporary hit in the ratings” that it expected given the success of “Live PD” and that it has been mostly replaced by reruns. The network said it has always been able to “find new hits and reinvent ourselves.”

The sister shows of “Live PD”—also canceled—include “Live PD: Police Patrol” and “Live PD Presents: PD Cam.” In some weeks, the “Live PD” universe accounted for more than 85% of A&E’s daily programming.

The programs were very profitable to the network, due in part to their low production cost. In 2019, the “Live PD” empire brought in $292.6 million in advertising, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media. For the first quarter of 2020, the programs sold $95.8 million in advertising.

In the entertainment industry, Mr. Floyd’s death has led to discussions about the role television and movies play in shaping perceptions of law enforcement and whether portrayals of police have been too one-sided and have failed to address concerns about excessive force and bad policing.

When A&E canceled “Live PD,” the network said: “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD.’ Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil-rights leaders as well as police departments.”

The franchise’s fan base—the self-dubbed “Live PD Nation”—has been very active on social media, encouraging a boycott of the network until the programs are returned, which A&E hasn’t ruled out.

“We are continuing to listen to both community leaders and ‘Live PD’ fans to find a way to serve both moving forward,” A&E said in its statement to the Journal.

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Few Americans want to abolish police, Gallup survey finds


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July 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. GMT+1
Most Americans agree that police should undergo major changes but do not support abolishing police departments nationwide, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday morning, which found that just 15 percent of Americans support getting rid of the police.

“Defund the police” has become a popular slogan at protests against police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In late June, most of the Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city’s police department. Council members said that reform attempts had failed and that the Minneapolis police had lost the public’s trust after Floyd’s death.

The concept of eliminating police departments does not enjoy wide support across the United States, according to the survey. Abolishing the police was not a majority opinion held by any group in the poll, including when examined by race, age or political affiliation.

The Gallup survey included more than 36,000 people over the age of 18 who were polled from late June to early July. Abolishing the police had the most — though still not much — support among people younger than 35 (33 percent in favor), Democrats (27 percent) and black Americans (22 percent). White Americans and Republicans were likely to oppose the idea, at 12 and 1 percent in favor, respectively.

If presented as total elimination of police departments, the survey might have missed support for more nuanced calls to dismantle police, said Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity. “One notion of abolition is the need for discontinuity from the violent and racist past of law enforcement,” he said.

The public more broadly supports other types of changes and showed very strong support for strengthening relationships between officers and the communities they police.

“People realize they need the police” while “looking for the police to be more accountable and transparent,” said Suffolk University professor Brenda Bond-Fortier, an expert in policing practices who was not involved in the survey. Involving young people can improve relations between police and communities, she said. “We want to be thinking about where can kids interact with the police in situations outside of a 911 call — schools, maybe, playgrounds or community events.”

Punishments for abusive or misbehaving officers, as well as banning repeat offenders from the police force, were overwhelmingly popular ideas, the survey found.

Medicine offers an example for this kind of accountability, Bond-Fortier said, as doctors who commit severe malpractice might lose their license to practice. “Policing as an institution could learn a lot from the medical field,” she said.

When asked about the need for what the survey called “major changes” in policing, the majority of Americans expressed support. Some groups endorsed changes at much higher rates than others: 88 percent of black Americans supported major changes to policing, as did 82 percent of Asian Americans, 63 percent of Hispanic Americans and more than half — 51 percent — of white Americans.

The “experiential factor,” meaning “who is experiencing what types of mistreatment by the police,” could explain these differences by race, said researcher Camille Lloyd, who directs the Gallup Center on Black Voices, which launched last week. The poll was its second report.

Differences also appeared by age and political party. Younger people were more likely to support significant police revisions. Democrats, too, showed large support — almost 9 in 10 Democrats agreed with the need for major changes, whereas less than 2 in 10 Republicans did.

“It’s worrisome when public safety becomes a partisan issue,” said Goff, who was concerned that Republican leaders had recently intensified their politicization of police. He said he also was interested in seeing how these responses mapped to the rural vs. urban divide, because departments in small, rural communities operate differently than the thousand-officer agencies in metro areas.

The public showed mixed support for ending police unions, which can be powerful obstacles to police reform. Likewise, there was some appeal (74 percent) to end “stop-and-frisk” policies. Support was split, at 50 percent, for eliminating “broken-windows” policing — a widely criticized theory in which police strictly enforce laws against minor crimes in an effort to prevent greater ones.

Forty-seven percent of overall respondents said funds should be shifted from police departments to social services. Black Americans were more likely to support reducing police budgets, at 70 percent, compared with 49 percent of Hispanic and 41 percent of white Americans.

The Gallup survey comes on the heels of polls that observed similar trends. A majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published Tuesday, which found that confidence in the police had crumbled since 2014. Less than half of the people in that survey agreed to move funds from police to other services.

A Pew Research report earlier this month found that more Americans agree with increasing local police spending than lowering it, with 31 percent in favor of increases and 25 percent supporting cuts. The other 42 percent answered that police spending should remain about where it is.
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A&E Has Lost Half Its Viewers Since Dropping ‘Live PD’

Network’s prime-time viewership was up 4% this year before it canceled its hit police reality show, Nielsen data show

Ratings for A&E Network have plummeted since it canceled the hit police reality show “Live PD” on June 10, a sign of how much the network relies on law-enforcement programming.

Average prime-time viewership for A&E between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, down 49% from the same period last year, according to data from Nielsen. In the key demographics of adults 18-49 and 25-54, the declines are 55% and 53%, respectively.

The show, which follows police on their rounds in multiple cities simultaneously, averaged about 1.9 million viewers for its Friday and Saturday night episodes, repeatedly re-aired on other days. It spawned several successful spinoff shows, also canceled.

A&E, co-owned by the Walt Disney Co. DIS -0.43% and Hearst Corp., dropped “Live PD” in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The death has sparked protests about police violence, a movement to defund the police and broader discussions about race and diversity.

Before A&E pulled the show, its prime-time viewership was up 4% from the same period in 2019, according to Nielsen. The network has other popular shows, including “The First 48”—which follows the first two days of a criminal investigation—and “Court Cam,” about outbursts inside courtrooms, but none as successful as “Live PD.”

A&E’s ratings declines go beyond prime time. Total daily average viewership in the weeks since the show was pulled is down 36% from a year earlier, to 319,000 people. In the 18-49 and 25-54 age groups, the declines are even larger: 42% and 46%, respectively.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, A&E called the drop a “temporary hit in the ratings” that it expected given the success of “Live PD” and that it has been mostly replaced by reruns. The network said it has always been able to “find new hits and reinvent ourselves.”

The sister shows of “Live PD”—also canceled—include “Live PD: Police Patrol” and “Live PD Presents: PD Cam.” In some weeks, the “Live PD” universe accounted for more than 85% of A&E’s daily programming.

The programs were very profitable to the network, due in part to their low production cost. In 2019, the “Live PD” empire brought in $292.6 million in advertising, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media. For the first quarter of 2020, the programs sold $95.8 million in advertising.

In the entertainment industry, Mr. Floyd’s death has led to discussions about the role television and movies play in shaping perceptions of law enforcement and whether portrayals of police have been too one-sided and have failed to address concerns about excessive force and bad policing.

When A&E canceled “Live PD,” the network said: “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on ‘Live PD.’ Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil-rights leaders as well as police departments.”

The franchise’s fan base—the self-dubbed “Live PD Nation”—has been very active on social media, encouraging a boycott of the network until the programs are returned, which A&E hasn’t ruled out.

“We are continuing to listen to both community leaders and ‘Live PD’ fans to find a way to serve both moving forward,” A&E said in its statement to the Journal.

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Few Americans want to abolish police, Gallup survey finds


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July 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. GMT+1
Most Americans agree that police should undergo major changes but do not support abolishing police departments nationwide, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday morning, which found that just 15 percent of Americans support getting rid of the police.

“Defund the police” has become a popular slogan at protests against police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In late June, most of the Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city’s police department. Council members said that reform attempts had failed and that the Minneapolis police had lost the public’s trust after Floyd’s death.

The concept of eliminating police departments does not enjoy wide support across the United States, according to the survey. Abolishing the police was not a majority opinion held by any group in the poll, including when examined by race, age or political affiliation.

The Gallup survey included more than 36,000 people over the age of 18 who were polled from late June to early July. Abolishing the police had the most — though still not much — support among people younger than 35 (33 percent in favor), Democrats (27 percent) and black Americans (22 percent). White Americans and Republicans were likely to oppose the idea, at 12 and 1 percent in favor, respectively.

If presented as total elimination of police departments, the survey might have missed support for more nuanced calls to dismantle police, said Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity. “One notion of abolition is the need for discontinuity from the violent and racist past of law enforcement,” he said.

The public more broadly supports other types of changes and showed very strong support for strengthening relationships between officers and the communities they police.

“People realize they need the police” while “looking for the police to be more accountable and transparent,” said Suffolk University professor Brenda Bond-Fortier, an expert in policing practices who was not involved in the survey. Involving young people can improve relations between police and communities, she said. “We want to be thinking about where can kids interact with the police in situations outside of a 911 call — schools, maybe, playgrounds or community events.”

Punishments for abusive or misbehaving officers, as well as banning repeat offenders from the police force, were overwhelmingly popular ideas, the survey found.

Medicine offers an example for this kind of accountability, Bond-Fortier said, as doctors who commit severe malpractice might lose their license to practice. “Policing as an institution could learn a lot from the medical field,” she said.

When asked about the need for what the survey called “major changes” in policing, the majority of Americans expressed support. Some groups endorsed changes at much higher rates than others: 88 percent of black Americans supported major changes to policing, as did 82 percent of Asian Americans, 63 percent of Hispanic Americans and more than half — 51 percent — of white Americans.

The “experiential factor,” meaning “who is experiencing what types of mistreatment by the police,” could explain these differences by race, said researcher Camille Lloyd, who directs the Gallup Center on Black Voices, which launched last week. The poll was its second report.

Differences also appeared by age and political party. Younger people were more likely to support significant police revisions. Democrats, too, showed large support — almost 9 in 10 Democrats agreed with the need for major changes, whereas less than 2 in 10 Republicans did.

“It’s worrisome when public safety becomes a partisan issue,” said Goff, who was concerned that Republican leaders had recently intensified their politicization of police. He said he also was interested in seeing how these responses mapped to the rural vs. urban divide, because departments in small, rural communities operate differently than the thousand-officer agencies in metro areas.

The public showed mixed support for ending police unions, which can be powerful obstacles to police reform. Likewise, there was some appeal (74 percent) to end “stop-and-frisk” policies. Support was split, at 50 percent, for eliminating “broken-windows” policing — a widely criticized theory in which police strictly enforce laws against minor crimes in an effort to prevent greater ones.

Forty-seven percent of overall respondents said funds should be shifted from police departments to social services. Black Americans were more likely to support reducing police budgets, at 70 percent, compared with 49 percent of Hispanic and 41 percent of white Americans.

The Gallup survey comes on the heels of polls that observed similar trends. A majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published Tuesday, which found that confidence in the police had crumbled since 2014. Less than half of the people in that survey agreed to move funds from police to other services.

A Pew Research report earlier this month found that more Americans agree with increasing local police spending than lowering it, with 31 percent in favor of increases and 25 percent supporting cuts. The other 42 percent answered that police spending should remain about where it is.
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Anti paywall script. Works like a charm.

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Brilliant, saved for later use. Thanks!
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This may sound harsh but it can't be a high-quality network if it relies so heavily on one programme.
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This may sound harsh but it can't be a high-quality network if it relies so heavily on one programme.
That's because it is.
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Abolishing the police is ****ing stupid because they do perform a needed function in society.
It is, but only a tiny percentage of utterly brain-dead morons actually think defunding means abolishing. Pretty much all rational people can understand that it means cutting back their budgets, properly funding social care budgets, and not allowing the police to tool up like some bizarre weekend Army full of overweight idiots driving tanks around the suburbs.
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It is, but only a tiny percentage of utterly brain-dead morons actually think defunding means abolishing. Pretty much all rational people can understand that it means cutting back their budgets, properly funding social care budgets, and not allowing the police to tool up like some bizarre weekend Army full of overweight idiots driving tanks around the suburbs.
I can get on board with that, still don't understand how they managed to justify MRAPs on their budget.
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I feel like we're putting 2 and 2 together and arriving at 12 here.

YoY viewing figures are down for a network in a given week. That doesn't prove an awful lot about wider social forces in America. It could accessorise a point in debate but it's not exactly evidence of anything major.

I have no doubt that the cancellation of Live PD will be connected to the decrease in viewership. I equally have no doubt that it is not the single factor for the change.

And to be clear, I'm also not suggesting that Live PD should have been cancelled either - I haven't even heard of the bloody thing before this thread.
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This is what happens when networks pander to minorities. Their core viewers leave and their ratings plummet. When rating drop advertisement revenue drops. A&E needs to save face and won't reinstate Live PD. They'll introduce a new show that's similar.
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Whenever there has been significant reductions in police budgets in the past its the poorest in society living in the poorest areas that are badly affected the most.
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Police aren't needed now as Portland is peaceful.

https://youtu.be/Mo4rg0oNaZ8
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Most regular people love those police shows, even if they aren't so fond of the police.. good entertainment.

What morons and say they cancel culture doesn't exist. Shame the way they're removing comedies, some not even 10 years old in Britain on wake of BLM..
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Police aren't needed now as Portland is peaceful.

https://youtu.be/Mo4rg0oNaZ8
There have been peaceful protests in Portland, yes, there have been... but as soon as you start throwing Molotov cocktails, attacking federal officers with an axe/hatchet, taking down the fences around the federal courthouse, shooting projectiles like fireworks, and blinding agents with high-power lasers, you're a rioter.

Don't cry and start a tantrum when DHS sends its officers to protect its buildings. Don't throw a hissy-fit because violent individuals are being arrested by "unidentified" (proven to be 100% wrong) officers.

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Care to explain Fullofsurprises CaptainHaddock why on Earth should business owners across the US often need to board up and spraypaint on their shops/gyms/restaurants "We're black-owned please don't hurt us" or "We support BLM"?!?!

https://medium.com/@mtracey/two-mont...n-12a7e3e4e006
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Care to explain Fullofsurprises CaptainHaddock why on Earth should business owners across the US often need to board up and spraypaint on their shops/gyms/restaurants "We're black-owned please don't hurt us" or "We support BLM"?!?!

https://medium.com/@mtracey/two-mont...n-12a7e3e4e006
That's a very good article.

I'm not clear what point you're making. Are you claiming that the DHS were sent in because of the riots highlighted in that article? That's well wide of the facts. There have been outbreaks of violence in Portland but it's clear that Trump sent the DHS there to kick heads in as a very political act targeted at mainly peaceful left wing demonstrations.

The other riots across the country have definitely included a lot of opportunistic thiefs and local brands of racism directed against particular categories of storekeepers, just as happened in the London riots. That isn't particularly surprising given how high destitution and youth unemployment are now across America.
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Oh and of course none of this is anything to do with the Trump security forces riot in Washington DC caused because he wanted to go walkabout on a phoney 'church visit'. (Trump isn't even a Christian at all, as his niece confirms in her recent book.) The militarised assault on peaceful protesters at that joyous occasion resulted in hundreds of injuries, violent assaults against religious ministers committed by national guard and tear gas attacks on the elderly and disabled.
https://www.business-live.co.uk/comm...rmany-17019877

So there's nothing really to protest about! Everybody go home and let Trump run his fascist state in peace.
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It is, but only a tiny percentage of utterly brain-dead morons actually think defunding means abolishing. Pretty much all rational people can understand that it means cutting back their budgets, properly funding social care budgets, and not allowing the police to tool up like some bizarre weekend Army full of overweight idiots driving tanks around the suburbs.
I'm guessing nothing offends real soldiers more than fake wannabees.

What's really bizarre is just how much military weaponry has been doled out to 'policing' services in the US. It has to stop.
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