While NCIS' strong performance in the ratings is already a given for most fans, the CBS procedural is also quite formidable force in during rerun season, which recently went underway in June. CBS recently ranked as the most popular network for the first week of summer, but not because of its original programming, but thanks to reruns from top-rated NCIS and The Mentalist. This, despite the relatively strong showing of original Fox and ABC shows So You Think You Can Dance and Wipeout.
For the week at hand, CBS averaged 8 million viewers, around 2.5 mil more than runner-up Fox (5.5 mil) and NBC (5.3 mil). For its part, NCIS has had a strong showing in the ratings since its debut, but it was in season 5 when it became a top 10 program, averaging 15.65 million viewers per episode. It bucked the trend of decreasing television viewership in season 6, when its ratings showed a slight upgrade in ratings to 17.89, good enough for the TV's fifth spot.
In other news, NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles recently announced it will be joined by Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt. The 64-year-old actress will reportedly play a "tough, efficient department manager who gets government investigators the electronics and other crime-fighting tools they need."
Hunt, a Morristown, New Jersey-native, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1982, in addition to a Golden Globe nom, for her gender-defying role on the Indonesia-set romantic drama The Year of Living Dangerously. The movie featured the pairing of Mel Gibson as Australian journalist Guy Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver as British Embassy officer Jill Bryant. Hunt played a male photographer, Billy Kwan, who helped neophyte Guy score interviews in the intense Sukarno rule.
Both procedurals will debut on September 22, alongside rookie drama The Good Wife starring Juliana Margulies.