Saturday, May 18, 2024

“NCIS” Wins Monday Night, Beats “The Voice,” Stays Ratings Course Without Mark Harmon


Back on October 12th I bemoaned that “NCIS” had hit a ratings low and was not long for this world.

I was wrong. I’ll admit it.

True, it was a low, but “NCIS” — as has been pointed out to me by my experts — is actually doing great. It’s doing the one job it has — it’s beating “The Voice” on NBC. By a lot.

So what if “NCIS” ranges around in the 7 million area, between 7 and 8 million viewers a week. It’s not like the old days of 11 or 12 million. But that’s life.

Without Mark Harmon, the show seems to be soldiering on. Gary Cole is catching on, too, as the new leader of the band. He’s younger blood, which is what the show needed.

And, they are beating “The Voice.” And everything else on Monday night. Plus, “NCIS Hawaii” is doing fine with over 5 million viewers a week. And who knows? Maybe Harmon will drop in for a sweeps episode in February or May, as needed.

So I correct myself. “NCIS” will make its 20th anniversary year next fall after all.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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