‘NCIS’ Bounces Back in Ratings After Record Lows

by Anna Dunn

NCIS had a scary drop in ratings recently, but thankfully, the hit crime procedural has bounced back. On Tuesday, the CBS show drew in 9.8 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating. This makes a great rebound from last week, where the show hit series lows.

The show, which was recently renewed for a 19th season, drew in only 8.2 million viewers and drew in a 0.6 demo rating two weeks ago. While this might sound good and was, in fact, the biggest audience for the network, it was still a record low for the show.

The low came during an unfortunate time. The episode paid tribute to a late crew member, Shannon Souce, honoring her with an end credits message.

Last week’s low made up a 20% decrease in viewership and a 40% decrease in overall ratings, hitting record lows. Thankfully, it looks like the series is making a come-back after a rocky week.

NCIS Franchise Faces Shake-Ups

It’s cancellation and renewal season for network TV, and the NCIS Franchise has experienced many shakeups.

First, NCIS flagship fans faced a bit of a scare amid rumors that Mark Harmon, who plays lead Jethro Gibs, would not be returning to the show. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Harmon wanted to leave the series. Thankfully, Harmon and CBS have struck up a deal to keep the show going. It would be quite hard to continue NCIS without its beloved lead.

Meanwhile NCIS: New Orleans got cancelled. The news came earlier this year, and was a blow to its fans.

But for the NCIS franchise, it was out with the old and in with the new, as a brand new NCIS series, NCIS: Hawai’i, was announced by the network. The new show will focus on a female agent as its main character. Production just recently cast actress Vanessa Lachey to play the lead role.

NCIS: Los Angeles, meanwhile, has been renewed for a 13th season. The show has done well for CBS’s ratings and has a loyal fanbase.

Regardless of some shaky ratings, NCIS continues to be a powerhouse for CBS. With multiple spinoff series and almost two decades’ worth of episodes, the hit show has become one of the most well-known around. You’d likely be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen at least an episode or two in their day.

Despite its clear longevity, the franchise continues to grow and explore new avenues for its content. NCIS: Hawaii should be something new and interesting while still sticking to the traditional NCIS storyline format. Meanwhile, flagship show NCIS gets to stick around and remains a go-to comfort show for millions.