NCIS: Hawai’i’s final season ratings went up, Variety says ‘there should have been a way’ to bring it back

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Vanessa Lachey starred on NCIS: Hawai’i for three seasons. Pic credit: ©

NCIS: Hawai’i turned in some very nice ratings during its final season on television.

A new report reveals those impressive numbers, with the NCIS spin-off ranking No. 16 in total viewers among all primetime shows.

Typically, when a show secures a spot within the top 25, it becomes an easy renewal decision for a network. That wasn’t the case.

CBS canceled NCIS: Hawai’i midway through its third season, marking the end of the Monday night drama.

The cancelation also came too late for the cast and crew to address it during the season finale, so some storylines were left unresolved.

Fan efforts to save the show included several online petitions, but that has thus far been unsuccessful.

NCIS: Hawai’i ends with good final season ratings

Variety has reported that viewership increased for NCIS: Hawai’i this past season, giving the drama a rare bump in year-to-year viewership.

Many shows see a dip between the second and third seasons, but NCIS: Hawai’i was trending positively.

“Sure, filming in the islands isn’t cheap, but there should have been a way to make this work,” noted Michael Schneider from Variety.

The Variety report ranked the top 100 shows from the 2023-2024 television season, including sporting events like Sunday Night Football on NBC and Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime.

NCIS: Hawai’i placed No. 16 on this list, with an average of about 7.8 million estimated viewers for each new episode.

Removing the NFL action from the list bumps NCIS: Hawai’i up to the No. 12 spot.

Fellow CBS shows Tacker, NCIS, and Young Sheldon held the top spots for non-sports programs in the top 100.

NFL Sunday Night Football led the overall list by a wide margin, sporting about 19.8 million weekly viewers.

Below is a look at how the NCIS: Hawai’i season finale compared to other network shows.

Additional news about NCIS: Hawai’i

The CBS boss recently spoke about NCIS: Hawai’i again. She noted how she “sympathized” with the fans but that some difficult choices had to be made.

The three seasons of NCIS: Hawai’i can be streamed on Paramount+, even as fans hope another network might save the drama.

The outlook on that front is pretty bleak since the spin-off is part of the NCIS Universe, and CBS is unlikely to allow the show to travel.

More news from the NCIS Universe

CBS ordered NCIS Season 22 for the fall of 2024. New episodes will arrive at the end of September or in early October.

Production of NCIS: Origins has also begun. The new NCIS prequel show takes over the Monday night slot vacated by NCIS: Hawai’i.

NCIS stars Brian Dietzen and Pauley Perrette reunited recently. The duo starred on the hit drama together for years, with Brian playing Dr. Jimmy Palmer and Pauley playing Forensic Scientist Abby Sciuto.

NCIS: Hawai’i is streaming on Paramount+.

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Margaret Smith
Margaret Smith
19 days ago

I have terminated my subscription to Paramount+ going forward and will NOT watch ANY CBS programming no matter how much I liked the lineup. Start listening to the fans and not your pocketbook or obvious clueless programming authorities! (NCIS Hawaii and So Help Me Todd are 2 of the best programs that were cancelled and just loved !

19 days ago

We all loved NCIS and NCIS Hawaii. You could have gotten rid of Sydney and held off getting new ones till later. Need to do a better job of hiring staff to make decisions and not let them cancel good shows especially with a cliffhanger like NCIS Hawaii and So Help Me Todd.

Carole Holdaway
Carole Holdaway
3 days ago
Reply to  Csrol

These 2 shows have been my favorites to watch and now plan to cancel my Paramount subscription. CBS listen to your viewser

3 days ago

Keep NCIS Hawaii as I live the show. It was better then NCIS Sidney by far