After nearly two decades, does “NCIS” still deliver good ratings to CBS?
For the most part, yes. The Monday night show has continued to hold its own in both ratings and the number of enthusiastic viewers. Despite Mark Harmon as Gibbs leaving the show, “NCIS” hasn’t seen much of a difference in terms of ratings.
Instead, Gary Cole, Katrina Law, Sean Murray, and Wilmer Valderrama are the key group now, amongst a few others.
According to TV Line, the episode from November 1, “False Start,” had a total of 7.1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating for the night. The show led in total audience, which is typically the case. Meanwhile, “9-1-1” on Fox had the highest demo rating of 0.8 but only had 4.9 million viewers. “Bob Hearts Abishola” is another popular program racking in 4.8 million viewers on Monday nights.
The spin-off series “NCIS: Hawai’i” is still holding is still staying afloat with 5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. “The Voice,” “Dancing With the Stars,” and “The Neighbourhood” are other shows bringing in large audiences on network TV as well.
Gary Cole and Wilmer Valderrama
This episode of “NCIS” is a particularly important one. It is the very first episode where Gary Cole, who plays Agent Parker, worked on a case as the boss. Fans are adjusting to a new person leading “NCIS” after having Gibbs around for years.
“NCIS” has been adamant about Gary Cole not being a Mark Harmon replacement, but, as it turns out, he is to a certain degree.
Meanwhile, fans are also stressed after hearing recent career news from Wilmer Valderrama, who plays Special Agent Nick Torres on the show. Some viewers seem to think that that this could mean Valderrama could also be leaving the show. Given the fact that he seems to resist a lot of the changes on the “NCIS” team, Torres leaving wouldn’t be a huge shocker.
According to Deadline, Valderrama now has a brand new show in the works on CBS called “Mexican Beverly Hills.” There is no concrete information that proves he would be leaving “NCIS.” The new show will follow a working-class Mexican-American family that moves to a wealthy spot in Los Angeles. Valderrama is the executive producer for the show under his own company, WV Entertainment.
He also shared the news on Instagram by writing, “Erick, Aaron, Kaitlin all bases loaded.. let’s swing away… Another victory, for our @officialwventertainment family and I couldn’t be more proud of the heart that goes into everything we develop!”
Fans of “NCIS” were quick to sound off alarms. It’s likely that the show would have a hard time surviving after two key and popular cast members signed off during the same season.