Here’s How ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Are Performing in TV Ratings Week After Major Season Debuts

by Madison Miller

September is proving to be a pretty spectacular month for TV premieres. Fans finally got reunited with some of their favorite TV shows during their fall debuts.

Some shows that made an epic return include “NCIS,” “NCIS: Hawai’i,” “FBI,” “The Voice,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “9-1-1,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Chicago Fire.”

There’s still more to come to wrap up the stellar month, too. Namely, “Big Sky,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Station 19” all come back on September 30.

‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Ratings

There’s plenty of TV programs that are coming back in epic pairings. That includes the “FBI” franchise, the “Law & Order” franchise, the “Chicago” franchise, as well as the long-running “NCIS” universe.

“NCIS” has plenty to compete with, yet is still maintaining a very loyal following. According to TV Line, the mothership series had a total of 7.8 million viewers and a 0.7 rating when it aired on CBS. This is a decrease from the number of viewers that tuned into the pilot last week.

However, the show was still able to reach the largest audience compared to all other Monday night shows.

“NCIS: Hawai’i” is doing pretty well also. It is this TV season’s most-watched rookie show thus far. It brought in 5.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating during its second episode. The two “NCIS” programs have had to compete with other shows on Monday night like “The Voice,” “Ordinary Joe,” “The Neighborhood,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Dancing With the Stars,” and “9-1-1.”

Big Night for Fans of the Show

As for this week’s episode of “NCIS,” it was an emotional one for fans of the popular crime drama.

The episode was called “Nearly Departed.” The entire gang gathered to help Gibbs hunt a killer. Meanwhile, we finally got introduced to Gary Cole as he makes his series debut. He is introduced as the mysterious Agent Alden Parker. He is a masked man that the team runs into while trying to track down the serial killer. Instead, the team discovers he’s apparently on their team after all.

Gibbs is still playing dead. He was offered his gun and badge back, but refused it. The terms for his reinstatement require him to apologize to the dog killer he beat up, but Gibbs isn’t planning on doing that ever.

At the end of all the episode’s drama when the serial killer is caught, Gibbs is forced to bid farewell to Marcie. She is a journalist that had been aiding in the investigation but is ready to leave now that the case is solved.

The two, played by real-life married couple Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, share an emotional and warm hug goodbye. She notes just how much she enjoyed working with Gibbs.

For longtime fans of the series, viewers have had to watch all of Gibbs’ usually not-so-successful attempts at love and relationship. Some were hopeful that Marcie could finally be his perfect pairing. Instead, he’s being forced to say goodbye to yet another person that was very important to him. That list is running pretty long these days.