Why was NCIS: Hawai’i canceled? The reasons finally revealed

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Vanessa Lachey ends her run on NCIS: Hawai’i after three seasons. Pic credit: ©

CBS canceled NCIS: Hawai’i after three strong seasons on Monday nights.

Despite the strong viewership, CBS pulled the plug instead of ordering a fourth season.

Fans who haven’t been keeping up with entertainment news may be surprised to learn that the series finale is on May 6.

The announcement that NCIS: Hawai’i got canceled was also released during a weekend news cycle.

A fan petition was created to save the show, but there are heavy hints a renewal has become impossible.

CBS revealed its 2024-2025 television schedule, with NCIS: Origins replacing NCIS: Hawai’i on Monday nights. There is no turning back now.

But why was NCIS: Hawai’i canceled in the first place? We have some specific answers.

Why did CBS cancel NCIS: Hawai’i after three seasons?

“CBS executives said the decision [to cancel the NCIS spin-off] came down to a balance of cost and ratings, as well as cohesion across the network’s 2024-2025 schedule,” Variety reported.

“It is incumbent on us to always keep the schedule fresh, keep momentum going. We had to make some really tough choices this year,” CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach stated.

“Everything came back [from the Hollywood strikes] really strong, but ultimately we have to look at the cohesiveness of the schedule flow. We have to evaluate the financials and the performance overall, and we make tough decisions,” she told reporters.

To summarize everything stated, the network believed the price tag to film more episodes outweighed the viewership numbers. Even though the show was still winning its timeslot and drawing in millions of weekly viewers, the cost of filming in Hawai’i was something it couldn’t overcome.

It’s difficult news for fans to hear, especially as the NCIS Universe looks to expand again this fall.

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Vanessa Lachey told her fans she was “gutted” by the news. It was a sentiment shared by the rest of the cast and crew. She will likely share more thoughts after the season concludes.

Here’s info on the NCIS: Hawai’i series finale and when fans should tune in. Unfortunately, it is coming up quickly. The previous episodes from this season are on Paramount+ for anyone who needs to catch up.

Additionally, here is information on the NCIS Season 21 finale. The season could end on a huge cliffhanger thanks to the Season 22 renewal for the fall.

Previous episodes of NCIS and its spin-offs are available for streaming on Paramount+. That includes the first season of NCIS: Sydney.

NCIS: Hawai’i airs Monday at 10/9c on CBS.

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24 days ago

It’s a shame they cancelled NCIS Hawaii which is great and then renew the Sydney which most of us don’t care for since sometimes we have a hard time understanding what some actors are saying due to their accents.

Lionel Aguiar
Lionel Aguiar
23 days ago

That just sucks why doesn’t CBS cancel Ellsberg that show is stupid CBS seems to want to cancel a lot of good shows I’m going to start watching the other networks