For the last 18 years, “NCIS” has always aired on Tuesday nights in mid to late September. Now, for the first time in the show’s history, CBS switched things up by broadcasting it on Monday night instead.
Despite the big change, the crime drama still smashed the ratings on Monday, even up against fierce competition. According to TVLine, “NCIS” led the night in viewer count, racking up 8.2 million total viewers for the Season 19 premiere.
NBC’s “The Voice” followed close behind with 7 million viewers. Then, “NCIS: Hawai’i,” the new spin-off show, followed in third with 6.3 million. Glad to see people sticking around for the new addition to the franchise, which premieres right after the flagship show on Monday nights.
In terms of the ratings for the 18-49 demographic, “The Voice” led the night with 1.1, as viewers tuned in to see Ariana Grande as the new coach. “Dancing with the Stars” also made an impressive debut with a 0.9 demo rating, followed by “9-1-1” at 0.8 and “NCIS” at 0.7. “NCIS: Hawai’i” landed in the middle of the pack with a solid 0.5.
We’ll see how our favorite shows match up next week after the new seasons start to settle into themselves. They’ll also have to battle for viewer attention from the ever-popular Monday Night Football.
‘NCIS’ Premiere Confirms Gibbs’ Fate After Season 18 Cliffhanger
Warning! Spoilers follow for the “NCIS” Season 19 premiere. Proceed with caution.
Last season, fans couldn’t believe that the show left them the ultimate cliffhanger. We saw Gibbs’ new boat get blown up, leaving fans wondering for a split second if CBS just killed off the show’s most important character. Luckily, the very end of the episode shows Gibbs swimming away from the smoking wreckage, alive but likely not well.
The opening of “NCIS” Season 19 confirms that Gibbs suffered a serious injury from the explosion. He swims to shore, blood on the side of his face and a piece of boat shrapnel sticking out of his abdomen. The severity of his injury, coupled with the cold water and his exhaustion from swimming, causes Gibbs to collapse back into the lake, unconscious.
Soon enough, we see him wake up in a barn, with his injuries bandaged. And a woman standing over him with a rifle.
But she doesn’t pose as big a threat as we think to Gibbs. He convinces her and her husband that he’s not a criminal on the run and won’t hurt them. Gibbs uses their phone to contact McGee, but he tells the special agent to focus on keeping the journalist he’d been working with safe from harm. Not long after that, Gibbs finally reunites with his “NCIS” team.
We’ll see how the rest of Gibbs’ story arc pans out in the next few weeks.