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NCIS Helps CBS Dominate Viewership Numbers In 2021-22 TV Season

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NCIS Helps CBS Dominate Viewership Numbers In 2021-22 TV Season

By Movieguide® Staff

Led by NCIS and other mainstays, CBS is the No. 1 channel in the 2021-2022 broadcast season with 166 million minutes viewed.

“While ‘time spent’ has mainly been a streamers’ metric, it actually demonstrates the continuing strength and scale of broadcast television, and CBS in particular,” George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+, said. “Additionally, all this content is available on Paramount+ too, both live and on demand.”

Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment added: “No matter how you analyze the numbers – time spent, live +7, live +3 or live – CBS’ primetime schedule and our highly successful new series are resonating loudly with viewers.”

Deadline reported:

Of the aggregated number, primetime viewing accounts for over 59 billion minutes, CBS says. Some of CBS’ primetime mainstays include NCIS, FBI and Survivor. Also contributing to viewership count are newbies NCIS: Hawai’i, FBI: International, CSI: Vegas and Ghosts. Together, the new series have aggregated 10.4 billion minutes, CBS says.

CBS also claims that its sports coverage, including The NFL on CBS, has risen 2% from the previous season, bringing in 45 billion watching minutes.

Movieguide® previously reported:

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.