‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Ratings: Show Draws Largest Audience of All Series Debuts Premiering on Monday

by John Jamison

Well, it’s premiere season. Last night saw the return of fan-favorite TV shows galore—from scripted crime dramas to singing talent shows. But one title outperformed most everything else, with some help from its predecessor. That’s right. The brand new series “NCIS: Hawai’i” got off to a hot start on Monday night.

The newest offering from the “NCIS” franchise didn’t outperform the original. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere of “NCIS” hauled in 8.45 million viewers. Airing immediately afterward, “NCIS: Hawai’i” held on to 6.58 million. While it wasn’t quite 8 million, the new show nearly equaled the total viewership of the fan-favorite talent show, “The Voice.

In fact, “NCIS: Hawai’i” established itself as the most-viewed new series across television Monday night. The premiere of NBC’s “Ordinary Joe” couldn’t hope to compete. It brought in 3.9 million viewers. Better still than the Fox premiere of “The Big Leap,” with 1.47 million.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Moved to Hawaii With Her Family For the Show

The strong performance Monday night is good news for Jane Tennant actor Vanessa Lachey. She recently relocated her family to the islands for the sake of her work. Fortunately, her husband was completely supportive of the move. Hopefully, the coming weeks will maintain the same level of success and they’ll be able to stay in the islands for a few years.

“It was a talk that I had with my husband and I said, ‘What do you think?’ and…he’s like, ‘Hawaii, umm, it could be worse.’ And he was like, ‘This is awesome!’ And I’ll never forget him saying, ‘This is your time and you’ve been there in the past for me,'” Lachey told Entertainment Tonight.

But her significant other wasn’t the only one she had to convince. The “NCIS: Hawai’i” star had to break the news to her kids, as well.

“I told the kids and they were gung ho because they think that Hawaii is water slides, play. I ask them all the time, ‘Are you happy or no?’ And they’re like, yeah! So they’re very happy here, they love it here. They’re island babies. I didn’t even realize I had island babies until I brought them here,” Lachey continued.

Is the Long-Running Franchise Interested in Crossing Over from Series to Series?

The premiere of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” last year showed that the Dick Wolf-led franchise wasn’t going to shy away from cross-overs. We’ve already seen a few cases where Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay of “SVU” stepped into the other’s show.

“NCIS” is a different story, however. They have experimented with cross-overs in the past. One of the more recent examples came when “NCIS: New Orleans” premiered in 2018. Now, fans are asking themselves if “NCIS: Hawai’i” could cross paths with “NCIS: LA” or “NCIS” itself.

Maybe in the future. But as of now, it doesn’t look like it. “We don’t make any connection to the other shows,” executive producer Christopher Silber told TV Line in August.