‘NCIS’ Dominates Tuesday Night TV Ratings Amid Stiff Competition

by Suzanne Halliburton
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NCIS, which said goodbye to a major character, overwhelmed the Tuesday night TV competition, drawing 9.3 million viewers.

Meanwhile, The Voice, the NBC singing competition that came on after NCIS, posted the best rating in the key demographic, 18- to 49-year-old adults.

NCIS is a CBS stalwart. It’s in its 18th season. But it’s seen a number of top characters exit the show. On Tuesday, the character Jack Sloane, portrayed by Maria Bello, marked her final episode.

Bello has been a major part of NCIS for three seasons. She played a forensic psychologist. And, she went out with a significant case — the hijacking of a school bus and kidnapping of four girls in Afghanistan. Viewers already knew she was dropping hints about leaving NCIS. Sloane said she’d made an offer on a house in Costa Rica.

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But Tuesday’s episode saw Gibbs and Sloane travel to Afghanistan to find the four young girls kidnapped by the Taliban. Someone wrote on the bus window: “SLOANE NCIS.” Sloane knew the person likely was Darya, her friend who cared for her when both were held hostage by the Taliban years ago. As Gibbs and Sloane tried to solve the crime, there were concerns Darya might have been complicit. But the Taliban threw Darya’s body off a moving truck, with the message “GO HOME OR THERE WILL BE MORE BLOOD.”

Gibbs and Sloane locate the girls. And Sloane decides to stay in Afghanistan. She was inspired by Darya’s work and wants to continue it. She and Gibbs enjoy a passionate good-bye kiss. So long, Sloane.

Mario Bello said good-bye to the show’s fans on her Instagram account. She wrote: “And that’s a wrap for Jack Sloane @ncis_cbs !!! I’ve learned many things on this journey for the last three and a half years. I learned about commitment and community. I’ve learned that the woman I am enjoys process over product. I’ve never worked with a kinder, more generous group of people.”

Over NBC, The Voice showed an hour of the blind auditions to go along with the two-hour block from Monday’s season 20 premiere. More than 6.2 million tuned in. That was a drop of 1.5 million from Monday. The Tuesday rating in the 18 to 49 demo was .9. Monday’s was 1.1. The Monday show tied ABC’s Bachelor for the demo win.

On Tuesday, The Voice introduced viewers to singers like Ethan Lively, the 17-year-old with the deep, baritone voice of a veteran country singer. The Tennessee native with thick, syrupy drawl sang a George Strait classic. And y’all, Blake Shelton loved him.

The Voice also showcased Gean Garcia, who lives in Texas along the Mexican border. Kelly Clarkson, another Texan, scooped him up.

CBS’s FBI franchises also did well. Both FBI and FBI: Most Wanted came on after NCIS and held most of the audience with 7.2 and 5.6 million viewers.

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