“NCIS” airs a new episode on Monday Nov. 29 titled “Peacekeeper” that features thousands of bullet holes and a few good “Rambo” references.
The promo starts out with Alden Parker saying, “Should I bother asking the cause of death?” That’s because the team is checking out a car riddled with bullet holes. The body inside the car is also riddled with bullet holes. So, no, the cause of death is pretty obvious here.
Jimmy Palmer replies to Parker, “It’s easier to tell you where he wasn’t shot.”
It seems like this episode will be dealing with firearms and gun safety. “NCIS” has never shied away from topical subjects, and now seems to be no exception. It’s possible the episode will feature safe gun ownership and maybe self-defense, as there have been some promo images of Jessica Knight teaching Kasie Hines how to shoot. As a forensic scientist, Kasie isn’t in the field, so there’s no reason for her to have undergone firearm training. Hopefully, nothing happens to her where she suddenly has to learn how to shoot, and she just decides to do it just to learn.
In the next scene of the promo, Jessica Knight explains gun parties, saying, “[It’s] like a Tupperware party, but with handguns for women.” We’re just going to have to see how that one unfolds on its own.
Alden Parker and Kasie Hines seem to be hitting it off in the next scene, sharing a “Rambo” reference. As Parker leaves, saying, “This Rambo has arrived,” Kasie bids him farewell with a, “Don’t let her draw first blood.” Parker replies, in a mimic of Sylvester Stallone, “I’ll give her a war she won’t believe.”
How Are the Ratings for the ‘NCIS’ Franchise Lately?
The “NCIS” franchise is technically doing okay as far as ratings go, as a whole. The flagship series, “NCIS,” has waned a little since Mark Harmon left in episode 4. He’s still attached as executive producer, but there’s no hint that he’ll ever be in front of the camera again. Gibbs was a beloved character, and fans nearly rioted when he left. The first episode of season 19 aired to 8.45 million viewers. The most recent episode from Nov. 8 drew in 7.32 million viewers. For comparison, Mark Harmon’s last episode pulled 7.65 million.
It’s important to keep in mind when looking at ratings that while “NCIS” is still the number one drama in the world, it does compete with Monday Night Football. Likewise, “NCIS: Los Angeles” goes toe-to-toe with NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
“NCIS: LA” aired on Oct. 10 to 5.8 million viewers. The recent Nov. 7 episode pulled 5.37 million. In season 12, the show averaged 7.8 million viewers, so the ratings are a bit down in season 13.
As for “NCIS: Hawai’i,” the show averages around 5.5 million viewers, and comes second for a first-year show behind “FBI: International.” There were some worries that “Hawai’i” wouldn’t do as well as “NCIS” or “NCIS: LA,” but it seems to be holding its own so far.