Sunday, April 14, 2024

“NCIS” Scores Over 7.2 Mil Viewers with David McCallum Farewell and DiNozzo Surprise Cameo Suggesting More


It’s been a year since “NCIS” — now in its 21st season — scored 7 million viewers.

But last night was the second 7 mil week of this abbreviated season. This was all in anticipation of the farewell episode for the late David McCallum, aka Ducky.

Last night’s 7.25 mil total viewers was actually down a squidge from last week, although delayed viewing could increase the number.

The big surprise at the end was a cameo from Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo. Weatherly was written out many seasons ago so he could have his series, “Bull.” But last night’s appearance suggests Di Nozzo may be back again. Even if it were a short arc, his return would spark ratings.

“NCIS” is the show that keeps on giving. Who’d have thought it would make season 21, and without Mark Harmon? Life is full of surprises.

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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