The Equalizer Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

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CBS announced today that it has renewed television’s #1 entertainment series, The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah, for a second season.

“The Equalizer has proven more than equal to the task of engaging viewers and racking up wins on Sunday night,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.

“We’re extremely proud to see this outstanding broadcast drama, led by Queen Latifah, punch through the competitive landscape and return for a second season.”

Robin on a Mission - The Equalizer

After just episodes, the The Equalizer is television’s #1 scripted series in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, averaging 14.6 million viewers.

The Equalizer Season 1 Episode 1 on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, was the most-watched debut of the 2020-2021 season, delivering 23.8 million viewers, and scored the best viewer and demo numbers for any entertainment program since the Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020.

In addition, it retained 40% of the Super Bowl post-game show’s total audience, the best post-game retention for any scripted show since the half-hour New Girl telecast in 2014 (40%) and best hour-long scripted retention since Glee in 2011 (41%).

Who's This? - The Equalizer Season 1 Episode 1

The series is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award® nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah (Chicago, Bessie) as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn.

McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter.

But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.

Jewel in Trouble - The Equalizer Season 1 Episode 1

Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons) and Shakim Compere are executive producers for Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios

If you keep up with our The Equalizer reviews, you know we think the series is a worthy follow-up to the original.

We can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the season, and beyond!

The Equalizer joins the previously announced renewals of the CBS original series The Neighborhood and Bob ♥ Abishola.

Marcus Questions - The Equalizer Season 1 Episode 1

CBS has already canceled NCIS: New Orleans and Mom, with the fate of several other shows still up in the air.

We know that NCIS is on the bubble due to Mark Harmon reportedly wanting to move on from the series.

What are your thoughts on the renewal?

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Remember you can watch The Equalizer online right here via TV Fanatic.

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The Equalizer Quotes

Dmitri: Say hello.
Jewel: Let go of me.

Dmitri: Who the hell are you?
Robin: Neighborhood watch.