NCIS finishes fall as second most watched show on TV

NCIS Season 18 Cast
The NCIS Season 18 cast is continuing to bring in great numbers for the network. Pic credit: CBS

NCIS ratings may be down, but Season 18 of the CBS drama is still ranked among the most-watched shows on television.

In the final numbers for fall 2020, NCIS turned in the second most viewers, on average, for shows on any of the major networks.

As we recently reported, NCIS ratings have taken a hit this fall, but hopefully, things can pick up in the back end of Season 18.

While we wait for NCIS to return with new episodes this winter, let’s take a look at the latest television ratings.

NCIS Season 18 ratings revealed

Through three episodes of Season 18, NCIS averaged 9.68 million viewers a night. It’s a very respectable number, especially in the current climate.

NCIS is easily out-drawing every other show in the 8/7c time slot on Tuesday nights. The show is struggling a bit, though, in the 18-49 demographic, with a 0.83 mark so far this season.

The only show on television that is drawing more viewers is 60 Minutes. The Sunday night episodes of 60 Minutes have seen a huge uptick in numbers this year, measuring at an estimated 11.18 million viewers a night. It also has a nice 1.45 mark among viewers aged 18-49.

There are only six other shows in all of television that average more than seven million viewers an episode. Those shows are FBI (7.77 million) and Young Sheldon (7.18) at CBS, and Chicago Med (7.86), Chicago Fire (7.5), This Is Us (7.00), and The Voice (7.34) over at NBC.

CBS is enjoying really good numbers on Sundays with 60 Minutes and NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as on Tuesday nights with NCIS and FBI. The network will look to continue that when all of the show return in winter 2021.

More NCIS episodes to come on CBS

Even though the season has started out rather slowly, with only three episodes that have aired thus far, there are a lot of Season 18 episodes left to air this winter and spring.

According to Mark Harmon, the show has 13 more episodes to roll out. That’s great news for NCIS fans who might feel that they haven’t seen the show enough this television season.

The network has already released some key details about what will happen in the winter premiere, giving some hints about what’s to come. That is going to include several recognizable guest stars and then some story resolution to the Gibbs and Fornell investigation.


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We also have some twists and turns coming up on Season 18, as one of the major characters is going to be leaving the show soon after NCIS returns this winter.

NCIS airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on CBS.

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