‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ season 8 premiere date shifted up

NCISAs we get closer to the start of the premiere season, it appears as though CBS is happy to mix a couple of things up.

The big news today is that the premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles” season 8 is going to be coming a little earlier than anyone first thought. While it was originally scheduled for October, the show will now air its first two episodes back-to-back on Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, which could end up being later due to a potential NFL overrun.

As for the reason behind the sudden shift, it has to do mostly with the network’s decision to change their upcoming “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” into a two-night, four-hour miniseries event rather than a six-hour one. This miniseries will now run on September 18 and 19, and then be over before the following weekend arrives.

For “NCIS: Los Angeles,” we’d argue that this move is largely great news in that condensing the┬ápremiere enables viewers to get hooked on it as a Sunday-night show earlier, which is probably good given that you want it around for as long as possible before “The Walking Dead” premieres. We do think that it would have been fine either way, though, given that this show has proven to have a fairly loyal audience over the years and we think that its viewership is such that putting it after NFL football / “60 Minutes” should allow it to take reasonably good advantage of the overruns that tend to come.

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