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2021-22 TV Ratings: Final Seven-Day Numbers for Every Network Series

No one would argue that broadcast TV is booming in 2022, but on a show by show basis, things don’t look quite as bleak as they did a year ago. Whereas in 2020-21, only one network series — The CW’s All American — grew both its total audience and adults 18-49 rating, several shows managed […]

The Devil They Know: Why the Big Four Broadcasters Are Canceling Fewer Shows

The biggest surprise among last week’s network cancellations was Magnum P.I., which CBS cut after four seasons despite the show ranking in the top 25 entertainment programs in total viewers. One more reason it stuck out? Broadcasters have sharply curtailed the number of cancellations and series endings in the past two years. The parade of […]

All 3 ‘NCIS’ Series Renewed at CBS

The NCIS franchise as currently constituted will remain intact for the 2022-23 season. CBS has picked up all three series — flagship NCIS, long-running spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles and newcomer NCIS: Hawai’i — for next season. NCIS will hit its landmark 20th season in 2022-23, while Los Angeles will enter its 14th season and Hawai’i […]

Heath Freeman, ‘Bones’ and ‘NCIS’ Actor, Dies at 41

Heath Freeman, who starred as Gavin Dillon in legal drama Raising the Bar and played serial killer Howard Epps on Bones, has died. He was 41. Freeman’s management team confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter. The exact date and cause of death were not disclosed, and there are no “further details at this juncture,” […]

Harriet Margulies, Longtime Audience Liaison at ‘NCIS,’ Dies at 94

Harriet Margulies, who spent nearly two decades as a producer’s assistant and audience liaison for the CBS drama NCIS, died Oct. 30 in Northridge after suffering a stroke, a network spokesperson announced. She was 94. Born in Brooklyn, Margulies started out as a publicist in New York and then Los Angeles. She became a production […]

NFL, Baseball Dominate 3-Day Ratings

The top of the three-day Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 18-24 is heavier on sports than usual, at least among adults 18-49. Eight of the top 10 shows in the key ad demographic for the week were live sports telecasts, led by the three primetime NFL games. Four games from baseball’s league championship […]

TV Ratings: ‘NCIS’ Dips for Mark Harmon’s Farewell

The final episode of NCIS for longtime star Mark Harmon pulled in a slightly smaller audience Monday than it did a week ago — though it still led Monday’s broadcast offerings in total viewers. The Voice remained No. 1 among adults 18-49, and Fox’s 911 continued a steady opening to its season. On cable, ESPN’s […]

‘NCIS’ Says Goodbye to Mark Harmon After 18 Years

Leroy Jethro Gibbs has worked his last case. Monday’s episode of NCIS was Mark Harmon’s final one as the lead of the long-running CBS procedural. He exits the show after 18 years of playing Gibbs, dating back to the character’s introduction on JAG in 2003. Speculation around Harmon’s exit has swirled for several months. He […]

How ‘NCIS’ May Be Setting the Stage for Mark Harmon’s Departure

Mark Harmon’s NCIS shift may be coming to an end. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the star and exec producer of the CBS franchise’s flagship series inked a one-year deal to return for season 19, during which he is slated to appear in a limited capacity. To help offset Harmon’s reduced screen time, NCIS […]

2020-21 TV Ratings: Overachievers, Bottom Feeders and the Most Average Shows

The broadcast networks didn’t have a very good year in 2020-21, and that’s reflected in the rankings for individual shows as well. Within that context, however, a handful of series managed to overachieve relative to the rest of the pack. Bad news first: In Nielsen’s final three-day ratings for the traditional TV season (Sept. 21, […]

‘SNL’ Finishes Atop Demo Ratings for First Time in Its History

For the first time in its history, Saturday Night Live finished ahead of every other entertainment show in the ratings — not just in late night, but across all of ad-supported TV. The NBC series wrapped its 46th season as the top entertainment program (i.e., not including sports telecasts) among adults 18-49. It’s the top-rated […]

CBS Fall 2021 Schedule: ‘Survivor’ Returns, ‘NCIS’ Gets New Home

CBS is relighting the Survivor torches for the 2021-22 season. After a year off the network’s schedule amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the 41st edition of the competition series is set to return to its familiar Wednesday night spot in the fall. Survivor will be joined on the night by CSI: Vegas, a revival of […]