The ‘NCIS’ Season 20 Premiere Ratings Have Been Revealed

NCIS premiered its 20th season last night, and the episode surprisingly received low ratings.

The hit CBS procedural only drew 5.82 million viewers on September 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The figure is down 31% from last year’s debut. It also received a 0.42 in the 18-49 demographic. Overall, NCIS has the series’ smallest one-day audience in its history.

However, there are a few possible explanations for why so few people watched the season premiere. The episode was up against Monday Night Football, as well as games on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. In fact, nearly every series that aired during NFL games received lower-than-expected ratings.
Season 20 of ‘NCIS’ was the first to begin without Mark Harmon.

This year’s premiere was also the first without original star Mark Harmon. The actor had been with the show since its inception and had quickly become a fan favorite. However, he and his character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, both decided to retire in 2021.

When Harmon left the show with the episode Great Wide Open, Gary Cole’s Alden Parker took over as the main character. And he appeared to be a suitable replacement for fans throughout Season 19. People hoped Harmon would return for cameos because he was still listed as the top-billed actor in the opening credits.

Unfortunately, Harmon did not appear again in Season 19. Worse, the new season started with new opening credits. Sean Murray from Timothy McGee took Harmon’s place on Monday.

Fans had been debating the significance of the actor’s place in the credits since his departure, and they wondered if he would continue to be recognized as the series progressed. As a result, the changeup is likely to have disappointed many people.

Mark Harmon will remain an executive producer on NCIS. He did, in fact, appear in this year’s premiere. He has, however, been preparing to leave the screen for a few years. The actor reportedly considered leaving after Season 18. But CBS threatened to cancel the show if he went ahead with the move. So Harmon agreed to return the following year in a limited capacity to help Cole transition into his new role as team leader.

Harmon only appeared in four episodes that season, leaving Gibbs’ exit to the writers.

He told Entertainment Tonight, “I’ve always trusted the writers here.” “The character is still evolving. He’s getting older, which is something I’m dealing with as an actor in addition to playing the character.”

However, the series has left the door open for a future return. And since Mark Harmon is still working behind the scenes, a cameo would be a natural fit. So there’s still a chance that disappointed fans will get an encore.

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