September 26, 2017 Kerri Tarmey
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A&E's "Live PD", Cable's #1 Unscripted Series This Summer, Returns For Season Two On October 6

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A&E’s “LIVE PD”
CABLE’S #1 UNSCRIPTED SERIES THIS SUMMER
RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO ON OCTOBER 6

ALL NEW EPISODES OF HIT DOCUMENTARY SERIES FROM BIG FISH ENTERTAINMENT TO AIR FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AT 9PM ET/PT

New York, NY – September 26, 2017 – A&E Network’s hit documentary series “Live PD,” the #1 unscripted crime series in 2017*, returns for season two on October 6.  The new episodes, produced by Big Fish Entertainment, will air every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm-12am ET/PT.

Hosted by Dan Abrams with analysis from Tom Morris Jr., “Live PD” showcases the policing of America, following diverse police departments from across the country in real time as they patrol their communities.  Using dash cams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, the series captures the work of a varied mix of urban and rural police forces on a typical Friday and Saturday night.  Abrams and Morris guide viewers over the three-hour timeslot giving insight to what audiences are seeing in real time.  “Live PD” also features Sean “Sticks” Larson from the Tulsa Police Department Gang Unit, as well as law enforcement officers from the series who appear in-studio as guest analysts to provide additional commentary.

Among the law enforcement agencies participating in season two are the Richland County Sheriff’s Office (SC), the Jeffersonville Police Department (IN), the Utah Department of Public Safety, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (WA), the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (IL), the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (FL), and many more.

A&E recently announced a 100-episode order from Big Fish, taking the series to next summer.

“Live PD” is the top real-life unscripted crime series year-to-date and ranks as the top unscripted program this summer on cable with adults 25-54.  Season one premieres of “Live PD” averaged 1.6 million total viewers in Live+7 viewing, with the series hitting high of 2.4 million total viewers on July 15.  Viewership increased 136% from launch, and the series more than doubled the A&E year-ago time period.**

A&E experienced its sixth consecutive month of growth in August among total viewers, driven by the success of the original series “Live PD,” “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” “60 Days In” and “The Murder of Laci Peterson.”  For the month of August, A&E ranked as the #5 network on ad-supported cable amongst adults 25-54; #6 for adults 18-49 and #9 with total viewers.  Additionally, A&E is expected to earn audience growth in third quarter across all key adult demos, the second sequential quarter of improvement.***

“People across the country are hungry for transparency with law enforcement and ‘Live PD’ delivers on that promise.  The series has truly resonated with our audience and we are thrilled to be returning in October for season two,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President & Head of Programming, A&E.

Added Big Fish Entertainment President, Dan Cesareo, “We’ve just scratched the surface of the type of access Live PD can provide. We’re excited to continue offering A&E’s audience a completely new and fresh viewing experience this season.”

“Live PD” is produced for A&E by Big Fish Entertainment.  Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, David Doss, George McTeague, Kara Kurcz and John Zito. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb.  A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Live PD.”

About A&E Network
A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, groundbreaking documentary, or premium scripted drama, A&E always makes entertainment an art.  The A&E website is located at aetv.com.  Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.  For more press information and photography please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

About Big Fish Entertainment
Big Fish Entertainment is a full service production company that creates multi-platform, visually driven content that compels and entertains audiences with the “unexpected.” Founded in 2006 by President Dan Cesareo, Big Fish has since produced hundreds of hours of award-winning and top-rated programming in the unscripted reality, lifestyle and documentary space. Current Big Fish series include bold docu-series Live PD for A&E, offering viewers unfiltered live access inside policing in America; groundbreaking dating series Date Night Live for Lifetime; mega-hit franchise Black Ink Crew New York and Chicago for VH1; Tattoo Girls for TLC and culinary docu-soap Hustle & Soul for WE tv. With other groundbreaking credits including Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and the Gates Foundation Reality PD public schools project, Big Fish captures and relates extraordinary worlds, characters and stories for such networks as A&E, VH1, WE tv, TLC, MTV, Discovery, E!, National Geographic, Oxygen, Travel Channel, Spike and Smithsonian Channel. For more information, visit bigfishusa.com.

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*Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, A25-54, 8P-12A, Excludes mini-series and specials, Premieres only, YTD thru 8/27/2017.
**Source: Nielsen, Live+SD unless otherwise noted, 8P-12A, P2+ unless otherwise noted, Premieres only. Ranks exclude specials, mini-series, sports and news. Summer rank includes premieres and repeats.
***Source: Nielsen, Live+SD, M-Su, 8P-11P.  Key demos include P2+, P25-54 and P18-49.