The future looks bleak for NCIS Season 15. With NCIS Season 14 ratings dropping, there are high chances that the show will be canceled by CBS. The show was named in a list of potentials not getting a renewal next year.
However, there is hope for the show. Fans are crying out for the return of Michael Weatherly, who played Tony DiNozzo. The actor left at the end of last season, and fans definitely weren’t happy. It’s not surprising considering he has been on the show since the pilot episode. NCIS struggled enough with the loss of Ziva David.
Despite Weatherly’s exit, the producers decided to keep going with the show. To help shake things up two new cast members were brought in, including a fan-favorite actor Wilmer Valderrama of That 70s Show fame. While the new characters have integrated well with the others, fans haven’t take to them as well as was hoped. The ratings have continued to drop each week.
This last week, the NCIS Season 14 ratings dropped more than 13 percent. There are hopes from fans that the drop in ratings will encourage the decision to bring their beloved DiNozzo back. The problem is that Weatherly has his own CBS show, Bull. It would be very difficult for him to film two shows at the same time.
However, there are rumors that Weatherly’s character DiNozzo is returning for one episode. NCIS Season 14 Episode 7 “Home of the Brave” will possibly see DiNozzo come back to set some past emotions to rest. The synopsis states that members of the NCIS team will try to woo DiNozzo to sublet the apartment.
The Australia News Networks does acknowledge that the synopsis really hints that DiNozzo senior will appear in the episode instead. The agent was named after his father, which is often brought backup throughout the show.
While the ratings are down for NCIS Season 14, CBS has already renewed the show for another year. Season 15 was confirmed during the renewal period earlier this year, because the show is still going strong. It is one of the most popular on the network, so a 13 percent drop may not be as bad as it initially sounds.
The show isn’t in the same trouble that fellow crime drama Criminal Minds is. While NCIS has lost a main character, fans didn’t start purposely boycotting the show to get the character to return. They just simply lost interest and decided they didn’t like the new characters—at least trying to give the new characters a chance. Criminal Minds Season 12 is facing boycotting issues because of the summer firing of Thomas Gibson. Fans want to see the actor reinstated to the show as soon as possible, while Gibson is currently allegedly in the middle of a lawsuit over the action.
Between Episodes 3 and 4, Criminal Minds saw a 10 percent ratings drop. That had already been a drop from a week before, which was Gibson’s last episode. Fans took to social media to call for a boycott over the way Gibson’s firing had been handled. Now it looks like the ratings are so low that CBS will decide not to bother renewing for another year.
There is still time for the two shows to pick up. While NCIS Season 14 ratings look low, the show is still one of the best rated on the network. Season 15 has also already been confirmed, so the network isn’t likely to just pull it without warning. Criminal Minds is another story. That will depend on how fans handle the boycott and whether CBS and ABC will agree to allowing Gibson back.
NCIS Season 14 took an unexpected break this week and will take another in break this coming week due to the Presidential Elections. The show will continue a week Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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