“NCIS” may have been renewed for its 19th season, but the show’s ratings aren’t looking too hot.
Earlier this month, the uncertainty revolving around the “NCIS” franchise was put to rest. CBS decided to renew to show. Another important part of the announcement was that the star of the show, Mark Harmon, would also be staying with the program.
However, Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the other characters are seeing a massive slip in popularity.
According to TVLine, the latest episode of the show has a total of 8.2 million viewers. The show also had a 0.6 demo rating. While this may have been the biggest audience for the network on Tuesday, it’s a low point for “NCIS.”
This is a 20% decrease in viewers and a 40% decrease in ratings. This is the lowest the series has seen. It has been on since 2003.
‘NCIS’ Renewals and New Beginnings
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon was ready to move on from his role in the series. However, he was informed that the program would likely end if he were to retire from the show. He entered negotiations to stick with the show.
It remains unclear if Harmon will be a full-time member of the cast or not. “NCIS” is close to other programs that have been on for 20 or more seasons. “Gunsmoke” was on for 20, “Law & Order” was on for 20, and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has been on for 22 and counting. It is the longest-running primetime drama series in the United States.
Meanwhile, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” one of the show’s spin-offs, will be coming back for season 13. The franchise is also getting a new add-on with “NCIS: Hawaii,” which is replacing “NCIS: New Orleans.”
The new show will finally focus on a female agent as the main character. This is a refreshing twist, as the leads in the franchise tend to be male. The show is currently in the casting phase, however, the character’s name will be Jane Tennant.
“The world’s most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State as the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor and her team balance duty to family and country, investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the island itself,” is the official synopsis of the new series.
Since the main character has yet to be cast, this show may be a bit before it’s on TV.