Since it first arrived on ABC in 2018, The Rookie has gone on to become one of the network’s signature shows, airing in the primetime Sunday night slot.
For the past few weeks, the finale of season 4 has been edging ever closer and so attention has been turning towards the future of the series.
But will The Rookie be returning for season 5 or face cancellation as many shows on The CW have had their time cut short?
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The Rookie season 4 recap
Season 4 of The Rookie began on ABC back on September 26th, 2021.
The season began by concluding with the dramatic cliffhanger ending set up in the previous season with Jackson West sacrificing himself in order to help save Angela Lopez.
Each episode has thrown up twists and turns aplenty with recent chapters introducing a whole new cast of characters as FBI trainee Simone Clark debuted as part of a sneaky backdoor pilot.
In the upcoming season finale, Officer John Nolan is forced to spend a week in solitary confinement in a quiet border town with a young local officer who is in need of training while Bradford and Chen go undercover in a possible drug trafficking case.
Will The Rookie return for season 5?
Yes, The Rookie will be back for more crime-fighting adventures in season 5.
ABC renewed the series back in March 2022 as it showed continued faith in the Nathon Fillion-led series which has become a Sunday staple in recent years.
On top of that, ABC is also looking to expand the franchise beyond The Rookie with a touted spin-off featuring Niecy Nash’s Simone Clark, airing both shows in a block similar to Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19.
Per ABC and reported by Deadline, The Rookie has maintained impressive viewing figures across its fourth season with episodes averaging 10 million viewers after 35 days when both linear and digital platforms are considered, making the decision to renew an easy one.
After May 15th’s finale, The Rookie will be returning to ABC for season 5 in fall 2022 when the annual TV season begins again.
Fans look ahead to next season
With the final episode of season 4 on the horizon, there has been plenty of buzz among fans with many taking to social media to offer up their thoughts.
This fan on Twitter predicts: “Every The Rookie season finale has ended up being a two-parter episode so far, so I guess this one will be no exception, we’ll have cliffhangers that will only be resolved in the season 5 premiere.”
While this fan already has plans to buy the boxset: “One of my favourite shows out there right now. Storyline is so good it makes you instantly excited for the next episode when the one you are watching is over. This is definitely going to be a box set I buy when it becomes available.”
This Twitter user will be sad to see season 4 come to an end: “I know The Rookie was already renewed for season 5, but I hate goodbyes because they always feel so final.”
As this fan still feels bitter about the season 4 premiere: “I’m so glad that The Rookie got renewed for season 5! However, I am still mad at you for killing Jackson!”
And finally, this fan summed up their feelings perfectly in gif form:
Season 4 of The Rookie concludes on ABC at 10/9c on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.
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