Fox is renewing one of the longest-running shows in prime time, "Cops," for a 23rd season. The show will soon celebrate its 800th episode on the network and has shown 2,044 arrests across 140 U.S. cities. Despite its age, the franchise also ranks as one of the few prime time broadcast series to maintain its ratings this year. Although Friday shows have been declining, Saturday night's "Cops" rakes in a steady 5 million viewers per week.
Launched in 1989, the show has changed little over the years and outlived a legion of imitators. A few prime-time series outrank "Cops" for longevity. Saturday night partner "America's Most Wanted" is in its 23rd season, along with CBS' "48 Hours." ABC's "20/20" is in its 32nd season, and CBS' "60 Minutes" is in its 42nd.