We could simply blink and there'd be another series added to the NCIS franchise. Since 2003, NCIS has been bringing crime and drama to the small screen. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) — who left the original series in October 2021 — and his team are adept at investigating various crimes tied to the Navy or Marine Corps. Whether it's murder or terrorism, they're on the case.
The tasteful mix of drama and action has kept the franchise on the air for almost two decades. Its most recent spinoff, NCIS: Hawai'i, premiered back in September 2021. Special Agent Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) is the first woman to be in charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, and the tough gal takes pride in that. The critical crimes surging through the beautiful island are no match for Jane and her team of dutiful specialists.
Overall, the series seems to be doing well in terms of viewership, but a lengthy holiday delay at the end of 2021 had viewers worried. Now that CBS has renewed both NCIS and NCIS: LA, diehard Hawai'i fans want to know: Will there be a second dose of high-stakes island investigations? Or has NCIS: Hawai'i been canceled?
What does the fate of 'NCIS: Hawai'i' look like?
Thankfully, CBS isn't ready to leave the island just yet because, on March 31, the network announced that NCIS: Hawai'i will be returning for a second season. The show's ratings have remained fairly steady, pulling in an average of 5.5 million viewers each episode, per TV Series Finale. That's not bad, especially when compared to the original NCIS, which gets about 7.4 million viewers each week.
It's no surprise that the NCIS Cinematic Universe has once again hit another one out of the park. "With the strong new addition of NCIS: Hawai’i, we are able to expand the strength of this formidable franchise across our schedule. We couldn’t be more excited to have all three talented casts and creative teams back to bring more compelling NCIS stories to viewers in the U.S. and around the globe," said Kelly Kahl, head of CBS Entertainment.
Oddly, this renewal contradicts reviews. While the critic's Rotten Tomatoes score is currently at a meh 60 percent, the audience Rotten Tomatoes score is severely, well, rotten. At 25 percent, we'd say to throw those moldy tomatoes away — pronto!
Rotten Tomatoes user James C gave the series a measly two out of five stars. "This series knocks it out of the park with regards to wokeness, 4.5 on the woke scale. The show however fails everywhere else," he wrote. "The writing is lazy, characters are plastic, and clichés are over the top. If there is a Season 2 (not needed), this show would really benefit from professional writers," he continued. Ouch.
Thankfully, Season 2 wasn't impacted by negative fan reviews. Initially, CBS ordered 13 episodes of NCIS: Hawai'i, but the series was granted a full season order to 18 episodes after impressive viewership. So, it looks like James C from Rotten Tomatoes will have to deal with another season of wokeness. He can also just not watch the show and let it continue to be amazing!
New episodes of NCIS: Hawai'i air on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.