On July 17, 2013, Global and ABC announced that Rookie Blue was renewed for a fifth season. Originally intended to be a single season consisting of 22 episodes (up from the usual 13), the season was split in two, with ET Canada at first announcing that the first half would premiere on July 17, and the other half "at a later date". Season 5 premiered on May 19 on Global, on June 19 on ABC, and on July 20 on Universal Channel in the UK. Global's early premiere marked the first time that the series aired on separate dates in Canada and the U.S.
On October 16, 2015, it was announced that Rookie Blue had completed its run after six seasons and would not be returning.