NCIS is nearing the end of its 19th season, and it remains TV’s “most-watched” drama. However, since Mark Harmon’s (Leroy Jethro Gibbs) departure from the series, viewership has begun to decline. Here are the ratings for a possible NCIS season 20.
‘NCIS’ has not yet been renewed for a 20th season by CBS.
During the months of March and April, broadcast networks announce their renewals for the upcoming television season. In addition, CBS has made a number of announcements. CBS has ordered new seasons of Bob Hearts Abishola, CSI: Vegas, Ghosts, The Neighborhood, and Young Sheldon, according to TVLine.
A number of reality shows, including The Amazing Race, Survivor, Tough as Nails, and Secret Celebrity Renovation, have also been renewed. NCIS, on the other hand, has yet to be added to the list of renewals. The same can be said for the spinoff NCIS: Hawai’i.
Is another season on the way? Here’s what the critics have to say:
During Harmon’s tenure on the show, NCIS became the highest-rated drama on network television. The procedural drew more than 13 million viewers per episode at its peak in the early 2010s.
NCIS was still averaging more than 10 million live viewers by season 18. However, those figures have begun to fall significantly since Harmon’s departure from the series in Season 19, Episode 4 “Great Wide Open.”
So far, the ratings for NCIS season 19 are the lowest they’ve been since the show’s inception. It got off to a strong start with a season premiere that drew 8.45 million live viewers. However, as the season has progressed, those figures have continued to fall.
The most recent episode, “First Steps,” aired on March 7 and drew only 7.43 million live viewers. This represents a 25% decrease from the average live ratings for the previous season. NCIS, on the other hand, remains at the top of the Monday night network broadcast ratings. And they are likely to rise when DVR/streaming viewers are included.
Could another ‘NCIS’ star follow Mark Harmon out the door?
However, it is clear that Harmon’s departure has had an impact on viewership. Not to mention the shift to a later time slot on Monday nights, as well as the fact that a series’ viewership tends to dwindle as it progresses through its run.
Nonetheless, fans have a good chance of seeing season 20 of NCIS. Despite the declining ratings, the show improved CBS’ Monday night ratings. Especially at 8 p.m. Eastern time. As a result, the procedural is very likely to return in the fall.
When it does, however, another cast change is possible. Wilmer Valderrama (Nick Torres) was announced as the next Don Diego de la Vega — aka Zorro — in a new reboot of the classic ABC drama that aired from 1957 to 1959 in late 2021.
It’s unclear when the Zorro reboot will begin filming or whether it will clash with the possible production schedule for NCIS season 20. Valderrama’s new project is currently in pre-production, according to his IMDB page.
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