'NCIS' Delivers Second-Largest Audience Ever With 22.34 Million Viewers

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January 16th, 2013

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"NCIS" Scores Best Adult 18-49 Ratings Since Season Premiere and Best Adult 25-54 Ratings of Season


"NCIS: Los Angeles" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers and Demos


"Vegas" First at 10:00 PM in Viewers and Adults 25-54


CBS Continues to Dominate Tuesday


            NCIS scored its second-largest audience in the history of the series with 22.34 million viewers, its best adults 18-49 ratings since the season premiere and its highest adults 25-54 ratings of the season, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 15.


NCIS was first in households (13.9/21), viewers (22.34m), adults 25-54 (5.8/14) and adults 18-49 (3.8/11).   NCIS posted its best household ratings ever, its second-best viewers delivery (only behind Feb. 1, 2011), its best adults 25-54 rating since Feb. 7, 2012 and its best adults 18-49 since Sept. 25, 2012.  NCIS beat NBC, ABC, FOX and CW combined in viewers by +57% (vs. 14.27m).


NCIS: LOS ANGELES was first in households (10.9/16), viewers (17.48m), adults 25-54 (4.1/09) and adults 18-49 (2.7/07).  NCIS: LOS ANGELES posed its second-best viewer delivery this season and matched the season's second-best adults 25-54 rating.  NCIS: LOS ANGELES beat NBC, ABC, FOX and CW combined in viewers by +60% (vs. 10.92m).


At 10:00 PM, VEGAS was first in households (7.1/12), viewers (11.05m) and adults 25-54 (2.5/06), and was second in adults 18-49 (1.6/04).  VEGAS posted its best viewers delivery since Oct. 9, 2012 and matched last week's adults 25-54 rating, which was the best since Oct. 9, 2012.


For the night, CBS was first in households (10.6/16), viewers (16.96m), adults 25-54 (4.1/10) and adults 18-49 (2.7/07).  CBS posted its best Tuesday households and viewers deliveries since Sept. 25, 2012 and matched its second-best adults 25-54 on Tuesday this season.


Updated Tuesday ratings will be available later today.

  • Dennis

    NCIS season 11 is coming!!!

  • mort

    wow! best two parter i have ever watched. ncis is the show on tv ever. could not wait for the second part. did not disappoint me in any way. way to go.

  • Robbie Bishop

    “NCIS” was amazing last night. Definitely one of the best episodes of the series.
    I was hoping and praying it would do well, and it did. Just amazing that a show 10 seasons in can still pull 20+ million and almost match its series high in viewers.

    “NCIS: Los Angeles” was also very good. Some good writing, very good acting, and extremely great humor.
    Glad it did well, also. It deserves it.

    “Vegas” was probably one of the best episodes so far. Things are getting very interesting on the show, but unfortunately, cancellation is almost inevitable. I mean, when you drop from 17 million viewers to 11 million, cancellation is basically certain (especially with that 18-49 rating).
    I guess CBS could pull another “Unforgettable,” but I doubt it.

  • Paulo PT

    The Mentalist was the obvious choice for tuesday nights, instead of Vegas.

  • KJ Styles

    Great episode but I’m upset that next week is a repeat. This could have easily been a three part episode with all the unanswered questions.

  • psychic

    WHY THE HELL is this show so popular?
    I keep trying to watch it, to see why so many people obviously love it. I just DON’T GET IT. The jokes fall flat; the drama is contrived; the acting is like nails on a chalkboard and the characters and their dialogue grate on me like sandpaper. It’s an AWFUL show! I don’t get it!
    The only possible good it could do would be to boost The Mentalist. Why not put TM after NCIS: LA?

  • darius

    The mentalist was on tuesday during season 1 at 9 pm before they made the ncis spin-off

  • outlawz

    cbs #1 last night n the night b4

  • KarenM

    @psychic, a very strong cast! Other than that it sucks. It’s been on too long and they’re trying to push the Tiva thing because of those crazy fans. I stopped watching NCIS a couple of years ago. If the writing was stronger I’d still be around but they don’t need us haters because it still’s going strong!



  • KJ Styles

    @Psychic and @KarenM- To hell with you haters! NCIS is a GREAT show! Tremendous acting and great storylines. Y’all are probably just mad because your wack shows stay getting cancelled while NCIS thrives. Last Resort is the only show I watch this season that’s getting the axe, everything else will be back. Mark Harmon is criminally underrated. If you don’t like it just shut up and don’t watch.

  • JacobYates

    @Robbie Bishop

    Vegas started out with around 15 million viewers, not 17. Plus, that’s completely normal. Find one good show on right now that did not lose some of its viewers by its first season finale. NCIS went from 13 to 10 million in its first season. However, you’re right that Vegas will probably get cancelled, despite the fact that it excels in every category except for that friggin’ 18-49 rating. Keep your fingers crossed for CBS to move it to summer. I think it would do good there. Without having to compete with hardly any other shows, its ratings would no doubt improve.

  • Robbie Bishop

    @JacobYates; I was actually referring to the viewership difference between “NCIS: LA” and “Vegas.” “NCIS: LA” had 17 million viewers, then “Vegas” had 11 million.
    I’m aware that “Vegas” started with around 15 million viewers.
    I should’ve worded everything differently, so I apologize for the misunderstanding.

    You’re right, though, its ratings may improve in a Summer slot, and even if they didn’t, it wouldn’t look too bad the pull these numbers during Summer.

  • Robbie Bishop

    bad to*

    My bad.

  • psychic

    “Y’all are probably just mad because your wack shows stay getting cancelled while NCIS thrives.”
    Well, considering my two “wack shows” are The Big Bang Theory and Castle…

  • j

    @psychic well it seems to me that you are a pshyco if you watch shows and post crap about a show if you hate it.Why are you reading the articles or taking time to reply a whole bunch of stupid stuff just to be hated so I agree with KJ styles your just mad you wack shows cant get AS many viewers as NCIS can so do us all a favor and SHOVE IT!!!!!!

  • j


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