CBS’ NCIS Dominates TV Ratings Despite New Monday Time Slot
By Movieguide® Staff
The highly anticipated 19th season of CBS’ most-watched series, NCIS, kicked off its first episode this past Monday on its new release schedule.
NCIS picked up where it left off last season with Gibbs floating in the water after a fiery explosion, earning the most viewers during Premiere Week 2021.
According to TVLine, NCIS Season 19 had 8.5 million viewers, taking the top spot ahead of NBC’s THE VOICE, which posted 7.2 million national viewers.
In adjusted national ratings, NCIS opened Season 19 with 8.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating (and a TVLine reader grade “A-“), easily delivering Monday’s biggest audience and down just a tick from last season’s averages. Leading out of that, NCIS: Hawai’i debuted with the night’s third largest audience (6.6 mil) and a 0.5 rating — the strongest retention of any Monday newbie.
Previously, CBS announced that NCIS would no longer air on Tuesday nights but Monday nights.
Movieguide® previously reported:
After 18 Seasons of NCIS, the hit crime series cemented itself as a staple on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. However, the most-watched series on CBS and Mark Harmon are moving to a new time slot for the upcoming season.
CBS announced that NCIS will air on Mondays and that Tuesday’s lineup will consist of FBI, FBI: INTERNATIONAL and FBI: MOST WANTED.
The change mirrors NBC’s strategy of showing three dramas from one franchise on the same night.
However, the change didn’t seem to faze the millions of loyal fans who tuned into CBS to catch their favorite crime drama.