According to a new report from The Futon Critic, all three of the aforementioned shows will have 24 episodes this season. Why is this exciting? For starters, it satisfies some of the viewers out there who hate change. While there are many shows that are reducing their episode orders down to tell a more cohesive narrative, these three are not doing that.
Maybe for some other shows, having 22-24 episodes in 2017 is a mistake, but we’re talking here about three series that are very procedural in nature. Having these three shows stick to this format helps to guarantee that they will continue to give viewers what they expect. They want fewer repeats throughout the season and they want these shows to have enough time to give individual episodes to some of the supporting cast. If you were to reduce the episode order for some of them that may not be possible.
The only year-to-year change within the aforementioned shows is that Hawaii Five-0 this season is airing one fewer episode. (Season 7 had a total of 25). When you think about it, season 8 dropping an episode does make a degree of sense. Just remember all of the cast turmoil that took place over the summer. The writers still being able to put together 24 episodes is a pretty remarkable feat all things considered.
Also, giving these three shows 24 episodes is a pretty tremendous vote of confidence for them looking beyond this season. While we never presumed that any of them were in danger, this is a nice reminder as to how appreciated they all truly are by the higher-ups. Their ratings remain solid (especially in total viewers), and while none of them are generating enormous publicity or breaking any records, CBS at this point just wants shows that are solid and reliable. NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and Hawaii Five-0 are already battle-tested and have withstood heavy competition, preemptions, timeslot changes in some cases and a whole lot more.
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