For the most part, there has been one cornerstone of the “NCIS” franchise since Day One: Stability. CBS is careful not to move things around too much, knowing that familiarity matters to their devoted viewers.
However, the network is playing a little bit of switcheroo finally when it comes to their spin-offs in the franchise, and for the most part, we’re focusing today on the subject of if “NCIS: Los Angeles” season 8 will be kicked in the teeth in any way by a move to a different night in Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Let’s start with the positive to this timeslot, since we do really think that there is a benefit to airing after NFL football, even with overruns. There are some people who are, quite frankly, too lazy to really change the channel after a big game, which means that this show and “60 Minutes” before it are the benefit of extra viewers. If the episodes are compelling enough, maybe “NCIS: LA” can recruit some new viewers to the cause.
Of course, the downside here with that is that week-to-week, getting football fans to watch your show again is no easy task. We’ve seen time and time again that they are a fickle bunch, given that few shows get any sort of long-term gain at this point following the Super Bowl.
The real danger with this timeslot is that football delays will frustrate many fans, and they’ll end up missing part of the show every week as a result. This could cause some to lose interest, and in the end, not everyone has a DVR or wants to watch the show later. We think it’ll be okay given the audience that is already there; so long as “NCIS: LA” hovers above a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, we’re optimistic about its future.
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