The Rookie season 3 is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 3, at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST). Like the previous two seasons, The Rookie season 3 is expected to be made up of 20 40–45 minute episodes as Nathan Fillion returns as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. Unfortunately, geographic restrictions mean The Rookie season 3 isn’t available in many countries. However, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to get around this.
Note that in this post, we’re only recommending official sources for watching The Rookie season 3. You’ll find that most unlicensed streams are low resolution with interruptions in the form of lag and buffering. In some cases, unauthorized streams may even be taken offline for copyright infringement. For high-quality, stress-free streaming of The Rookie season 3, you’re better off sticking with the official sources listed below.
The Rookie season 3 will only be shown on region-locked platforms. If you’d like to watch it abroad via your usual streaming service from home, you’ll need to use a VPN.
How to watch The Rookie season 3 abroad with a VPN
The streaming platforms showing The Rookie season 3 use your IP address to identify your location. If you’re in another country, the content will be geo-blocked as a result. However, a VPN lets you change your IP address and spoof your location, unblocking The Rookie season 3 from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to watch The Rookie season 3 online from anywhere:
- Sign up with a reputable VPN provider. Our recommendation is NordVPN although we can also recommend Surfshark and ExpressVPN as two reliable alternatives.
- Next, download one of the VPN’s apps or, if you prefer, a browser extension. Be sure to check that you’re installing the correct app version for your device.
- Open the VPN app and connect to a server in the US. This is how you get a US IP address to unblock ABC even if you’re traveling abroad.
- Navigate to ABC and sign in via your TV provider to watch live TV and the latest episodes. Alternatively, sign up with a TV streaming service (more on these later).
- All ABC content including its live streams should be unblocked in your location. If not, we recommend you clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
The Rookie season 3 will air live on ABC. That’s why you should test your VPN with ABC in advance of the season 3 premiere. If you encounter any issues, you’ll then have time to get in touch with your VPN’s customer support.
How to watch The Rookie season 3 on US TV
The Rookie season 3 will premiere on its original network, ABC, on Sunday, January 3. There are a couple of ways in which you can watch online. The first is by signing in via your US cable TV provider. In this case, simply go to the ABC website or app and enter your cable TV login details. This is typically an email address or username and password. Note that you can watch ABC episodes one week after they premiere without having to sign in.
Don’t have cable TV? The good news is that you can still live stream ABC and The Rookie season 3 cable-free. To do this, you’ll need to sign up with a TV streaming service. All of the following options include ABC as part of their packages: AT&T TV Now ($55 USD/month), FuboTV ($59.99/month), Hulu with Live TV ($64.99/month), and YouTube TV ($64.99/month). Some of these services even include free trials so you could watch Season 3 of The Rookie for free if you can watch it all within a week.
The trouble with ABC and the aforementioned TV streaming services is that they’re only available in the US. This means that you need a US IP address in order to watch. If you’re traveling abroad, you can get one by using a VPN to connect to a server in the US. Once connected, all content should be unblocked and available to access as normal. NordVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it out with ABC absolutely risk-free.
Where else can I watch The Rookie season 3?
Fortunately, The Rookie season 3 will also broadcast in Canada from January 3. However, as it’s on CTV, which doesn’t support any over-the-top services, you’ll need a cable TV subscription. You can then watch online via the CTV Go app. In the case that you don’t have cable TV, you should be able to stream The Rookie season 3 on Crave (seasons 1 and 2 are already available on the streaming service). However, there has not yet been word on a broadcast date so you may have to wait.
You may already have access to Crave via your TV provider. If not, the price of a subscription starts from $9.99 CAD per month. A 7-day free trial is available for first-time subscribers. Note that accessing CTV Go and Crave requires a Canadian IP address. To get one, you’ll need to connect to a VPN server in Canada.
If you’re in the UK, you can watch The Rookie on Sky Witness. However, you’ll have to wait a little longer because season 3 won’t be available until after its initial US airing on ABC. You may already have access to Sky Witness if you have a Sky TV subscription. In this case, you’ll be able to watch online (when it becomes available) via the Sky Go app.
Note that you don’t need to commit to a Sky TV contract to watch Sky Witness. That’s because the channel is also available via Now TV, an online TV streaming service. With the Entertainment Pass you can live stream a number of channels including Sky Witness. This costs £9.99 per month and is cancellable at any time. There’s also a seven-day free trial so you could possibly watch season 3 of the Rookie online for free and then cancel to avoid being charged.
Sky TV and Now TV are only available in the UK. As such, you’ll find their content to be geo-blocked abroad. You can get around this by connecting to a VPN server in a UK city. Once you’ve done this and obtained a UK IP address, you’re all set.
What can we expect from The Rookie season 3?
The Rookie season 3 will consist of 20 episodes with the first titled “Consequences“. Indeed, this title suggests that we can expect trouble ahead for John Nolan. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise following the season 2 finale in which Nick Armstrong framed Nolan as the corrupt cop within the LAPD ranks. In addition, the show will also address the current state of policing in America, exploring issues including police brutality and racism.
Which cast members are returning for The Rookie season 3?
The majority of the cast are returning for season 3 of The Rookie. This of course includes Nathan Fillion as the eponymous rookie, John Nolan. Also returning are Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Wade Gray, Titus Makin Jr. as Jackson West, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford. We can also expect some new additions including Brandon Routh as Doug Stanton, an 11-year LAPD veteran.