NCIS has had quite a successful run on CBS and it looks like the party will keep on going, according to a network executive. The show, which stars Gary Cole, Brian Dietzen, Katrina Law, and Sean Murray, will be making its Season 21 premiere on Monday, February 12.
CBS entertainment chief Amy Reisenbach spoke about the show to Deadline. She said, “I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. It’s a fantastic cast with a fantastic writing staff that’s been there a really long time.
“So, as long as they want to keep it going, we’re thrilled to be on the NCIS train… [W]e hope to continue on for quite a while.”
TV Line indicates that the show averaged 9.9 million total viewers (with Live+7 playback). Those numbers make NCIS TV’s most-watched drama. That also gives NCIS the largest audience for any 2022-23 entertainment program.
‘NCIS’ Fans Waiting On Word About ‘NCIS: Sydney’
What about the new NCIS: Sydney show that has one season under its belt? Reisenbach said that there would be news about that show “soon.” Fans waiting to see if there will be a Season 2 will have to wait a little longer.
Let’s look at some numbers for the show. NCIS: Sydney is averaging 6.6 million viewers and a 0.43 demo rating (with Live+7 playback). The show is CBS’ most-watched entertainment program. As for the total audience, NCIS: Sydney is just behind 60 Minutes in total audience.
This show is now the most-watched freshman show among all networks this fall. “We’re thrilled with how NCIS: Sydney did,” Reisenbach said. “It’s not just a win for CBS but it’s really a win for all of Paramount, for Paramount+, for Paramount International….”
During much of NCIS‘ run on CBS, Mark Harmon has been involved as a star and executive producer. In the storyline, Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs is hanging out in Alaska. He’s no longer on the team and, as far as fans know, isn’t coming back. Could Gibbs make an appearance? Of course, because Harmon can pretty much call his own shot. Still, that’s a wait-and-see situation.
A Special Episode Is Planned For ‘Ducky’
NCIS will bid a heartfelt goodbye to Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard. David McCallum, who played “Ducky,” died on September 30, 2023, at 90 years old. A special episode will air on February 19. It will explain in a storyline what happened to him. Dietzen, who plays Dr. Jimmy Palmer, is a co-writer of the episode along with executive producer Scott Williams.
With McCallum’s death, it marks the end of all original NCIS cast members still associated with the show. “Everyone at NCIS felt it was important to do an episode that honors such a legendary actor, not to mention a dear friend,” NCIS co-showrunners/executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North said in a statement given to TV Line in December 2023.
Of course, some longtime NCIS fans are hoping to possibly see a former cast member return. There have been rumblings in the past year or so about Michael Weatherly making a cameo. A season ago, Weatherly put the wraps on Bull, which had a lengthy run on CBS. Could Cote de Pablo come back, too? Anything is possible. Don’t hold out hope for a Pauley Perrette sighting. She’s retired from acting and is enjoying her life these days.
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