‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Says She’s ‘Blown Away’ at Reaction to Show’s Opening Episodes

by Suzanne Halliburton

What’s the most perfect way possible to celebrate the early success of NCIS: Hawai’i? If you’re star Vanessa Lachey, you find a scenic spot on one of the islands and snap a photo.

Lachey said she’s thrilled fans are loving the new show. She gushed about NCIS: Hawai’i in an Instagram post as fans of the series gear up for episode three.

“I’m BLOWN AWAY!!!,” Lachey wrote from Halona Beach Cove. “Thank YOU for making NCIS: Hawai’i #1 in our time slot two weeks in a row! And the highest watched new series!!! Mahalo from my entire team! We Love & Appreciate You!”

Then she urged folks to check out the first two episodes, which you also can find on Check it Paramount+

NCIS: Hawaii Still Is Top Rated Rookie Network Series

As Lachey said, NCIS: Hawai’i still is pulling the largest audience for a rookie series. On Monday, early ratings show that 5.4 million people flipped on the episode called Boom. This episode dealt with some foreign agents using old American dynamite in its robberies of banks and armored trucks stacked with cash. Lachey’s Jane Tennant and Kai even had an explosives demonstration from a military expert nicknamed “Boom Boom.” There were explosions throughout the episodes, i.e., lots of “fire in the hole!”

The ratings for NCIS: Hawai’i did drop some from premiere night, which drew an audience of 6.33 million. So did its lead-in, NCIS. But Mondays might be the most competitive night of the week. NBC counters with The Voice. And ABC sports Dancing with the Stars. Then there is an actual sport thrown in the mix. Monday Night Football is on ESPN. Fox’s 9-1-1 starts at 7 p.m. Central, so it’s not directly competing with the NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i one-two punch.

Lachey Said Her Series Will Feature More of Agents’ Personal Lives

Lachey said in a recent interview that NCIS: Hawai’i is “evolving the franchise” to show the personal life of some of the agents.

“We try to stay true to what NCIS is,” Lachey said of the series, which is the fourth of the NCIS brand. “But we also want to add some layers that set it apart.”

There are plenty of details about personal lives. Tennant is a working mom with two kids. Maybe she becomes involved with Capt. Milius (Enver Gjokaj) because there’s big chemistry between the two. The relationship between Kai (Alex Tarrant) and his dad is strained. Lucy (Yasmine Al-Bustamiand) and Whistler (Tori Anderson) have a past involvement, with Lucy as NCIS’ first openly gay character. Plus, Ernie (Jason Antoon) looks like he could be a fascinating character.

Lachey and her husband and kids moved to Hawai’i so she could take the role.

“When I got the job I completely broke down,” said the NCIS: Hawai’i star. “Because I said to myself, I can do this, I am her, I believe in her, I know what she stands for. I felt like this is me.”