Last year, fans sat down for the NCIS TV show’s season premiere knowing it was already renewed for another installment on CBS. As season 15 dawns, there is no such assurance. While there may be no need to worry that the most-watched network will cancel its most-watched scripted TV series, after a while, shows (i.e. the writers and actors) can run out of steam. Not all decisions to end successful TV series are directly ratings dependent. Still, given their druthers, most people like to go out on top. Will NCIS be renewed for another season or end here? Stay tuned.
A military police procedural drama, NCIS, stars Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham, Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama, Maria Bello, Brian Dietzen, Duane Henry, Rocky Carroll, and David McCallum. The CBS action series centers on NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Harmon). This skilled investigator and former Marine gunnery sergeant leads a team of colorful personalities as they investigate crimes with ties to either the United States Navy or Marine Corps. **Status update, below.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly on the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/23 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The 14th season of NCIS averaged a 1.72 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.619 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the NCIS TV series? Did you think it would be be cancelled or renewed for season 16 on CBS? How much longer would you like to see this TV show run?
**4/13/2018 update: NCIS is renewed for season 16 on CBS. Details here.