CBS has renewed its hit drama The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah, for Seasons 3 and 4, beginning with the 2022-2023 broadcast season, the network announced Thursday.
The two-season renewal reflects the strength of The Equalizer‘s ratings performance — it is Sunday’s #1 scripted series, averaging 9.46 million viewers. Season to date, the show has amassed 1.2 billion potential social media impressions, according to CBS. In anticipation of a pickup, The Equalizer recently set new showrunners, Joseph C. Wilson and Adam Glass, who will succeed at the helm the series’ developers, Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller.
Additional renewals are expected in the coming days. As Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva previously reported CBS’ top scripted series, FBI, as well as spinoffs Most Wanted and International are in renewal negotiations with lead studio Universal Television and fully expected to continue, also possibly with multi-year renewals. Fellow Uni TV co-produced Magnum P.I. also has a chance to return.
“The Equalizer continues to pack a powerful punch on Sunday nights, and we’re thrilled to have it back for two more seasons,” said Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president of programming at CBS Entertainment. “The success of The Equalizer is due to the sum of its parts – an outstanding cast led by the superb Queen Latifah, plus the exceptional creative team that has continued to evolve their storytelling with a compelling mix of everyday justice, family dynamics and real-world issues that connect and resonate with audiences.”
Queen Latifah first announced the renewal in an interview Thursday on CBS Mornings. She talked about her character “who wanted to use her skills for the every man, if you will, or every woman,” and the show’s belief in the importance to “take topics that were ripped from the headlines and really deal with them.” You can watch the interview in full below.
Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.
The series is executive produced by Wilson, Glass, Marlowe, Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, original Equalizer series creator Richard Lindheim), Shakim Compere and Joseph C. Wilson. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, produces in association with CBS Studios.
The Equalizer joins CBS’ previously announced renewals for dramas Blue Bloods, CSI: Vegas, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i, NCIS: Los Angeles, and S.W.A.T. and comedies Bob ♥ Abishola, Ghosts, The Neighborhood and Young Sheldon.
FIRST ON #CBSMornings: Hit drama @TheEqualizerCBS is getting renewed for two more seasons.
Star and executive producer @IAMQUEENLATIFAH says taking on the role of a “boss” isn’t new: “To be in charge of my decisions and my career, my life, it’s been normal.” pic.twitter.com/A8oMK7ihuM
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) May 5, 2022
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