‘NCIS’ to Leave Routine Tuesday Night Time Slot After 18 Years

by Joe Rutland
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“NCIS” fans are going to have their television-watching routine change as CBS is moving the show out of its Tuesday time slot.

The show, which stars Mark Harmon, will now air at 9 p.m. Eastern on Mondays, the network announced according to TVLine. It’s part of a larger programming overhaul that CBS is doing.

“NCIS” starts its 19th season as a lead-in to the spinoff series “NCIS: Hawai’i” that starts its first season. Mind you, this isn’t the first spinoff from the very lucrative “NCIS” series. There have been “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

‘NCIS’ Cast Also Includes Classic TV Star From Hit 1960s Show

Now “NCIS: New Orleans” stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. The show will return for its 13th season in the fall. “NCIS: New Orleans,” which wraps up its run on CBS in May, stars Scott Bakula. That spinoff ran for seven seasons before being dropped.

In case you didn’t know, “NCIS” stands for “Naval Criminal Investigative Service.”

The longtime CBS show also has another famous TV star in its cast. Classic TV fans obviously recall David McCallum, who plays Donald “Duckie” Mallard, portrayed agent Illya Kuryakin in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

McCallum and Robert Vaughn, who portrayed Napoleon Solo, played in the hit NBC spy show for four seasons.

Mark Harmon Says He’ll Know When It’s Time To Walk Way From Show

Harmon, who plays Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS,” will be coming back but have been questions about when he’d leave.

He spoke at length during a 2019 interview with “People” regarding his tenure. Harmon said that as long as there are great stories to tell, then he’ll keep playing Gibbs.

“I’ve always thought if there’s ever a time where the writers are walking into the room,” Harmon said, “and going ‘I don’t know what to do,’ then I think we all have to look at each other and call it a day. But we’re not there yet.”

The show remains popular, Harmon said, and noted its long-running success. 

“I’ve been around long enough to know what this is,” he said. “That commitment is part of what I signed up for; I know when this show ends, there won’t be anything else like this for me.”

Now the show’s fans will have to commit to keep watching their favorite when it makes a move to Monday nights. Will they do so after 18 seasons? That’s the question CBS will be betting on when “NCIS” comes back for season No. 19.

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