The pioneer reality show "Cops," a 25-year stalwart on Fox, is moving to Spike TV starting this September. Viewers will see new episodes of the longtime series, in which they ride along with police, busy pursuing an array of criminal activity.
Spike TV will keep "Cops" in its time slot of Saturday nights at 8 p.m. The network will also have access to a part of "Cops" huge library. A similar show, "America's Most Wanted," also ended its Fox tenure last year.
Kevin Kay, president of Spike TV, called "Cops" a "remarkable series," noting it had sustained strong ratings in the 18-49 demo for nearly three decades, which he said was a "monumental achievement in television."
Created by John Langley and produced by Langley Productions, "Cops" premiered on March 11, 1989, and has aired more than 900 new episodes. The show has followed officers in 140 different cities in the U.S. Hong Kong, London and the former Soviet Union.
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.