Despite a long-standing and passionate fanbase, “NCIS” faltered significantly during its season premiere. In this age of streaming platforms, network television is not viewed with the same numbers it once was, and even a crossover with “NCIS: Hawai’i” could not gather viewers to their television sets.noted that the newest season set the record for the lowest viewership the series has ever had. And whether this has to do with fan-favorite Mark Harmon leaving “NCIS” during Season 19 or something else remains to be seen. But the most obvious culprit of these numbers seems to be Monday Night Football.
The Philadelphia vs. Minnesota game garnered 12.86 million viewers on ABC, a significant drain on primetime television. Both “NCIS” and “NCIS: Hawai’i” only attracted a little more than 5 million viewers, a substantial dip from previous seasons. “NCIS” is not the only casualty of low ratings due to sporting events. Even though the Emmys were moved from a Sunday to a Monday because of the premiere of the football season, it still suffered dismal ratings (via). This does not consider numbers from the Peacock live stream but still calls into question the excessive competition between platforms and networks alike. With the game of content so competitive, there never seems to be an apparent winner.