It's only been one week since the first wave of gossip about Hetty Lange's (played by Linda Hunt) abrupt departure from NCIS: Los Angeles emerged, and long-term fans of the show were given no chance to recover from the shock since.
Not only is Marty Deeks (played by Eric Christian Olsen) also rumored to leave the show, but, according to some fans, the creators of the program might have even more horrid news in store.
Are the rumors to be believed — is this the last season of NCIS: Los Angeles?
CBS renewed NCIS: Los Angeles for its current season in April 2019 — just over half a year ago. The previous season of the show — Season 10 — was confirmed in April 2018. The one before that was given the green light in March 2017.
A certain pattern does emerge from these findings. It's safe to conclude that the meetings concerning the future of the series tend to be held during the spring.
The announcements regarding the next season of the show tend to be published about half a year before the airing date. Thus, in accord with this highly unscientific and impossible-to-prove hypothesis, CBS wouldn't issue a press release about Season 12 before March 2020 the earliest.
However, there are telltale signs indicating that this is the last season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
As TV Series Finale reveals, the ratings of the show plummeted in the course of the past few months.
Citing some recently-published stats, the outlet vouches that the 10 percent decrease in audience ratings could easily sway the decision-making process, leading CBS to cancel the show. The 0.82 rating among the 18-49 demographic is anything but promising.
This argument is further confirmed by a TV By the Numbers article.
"CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles took a small hit week-to-week," prompts Alex Welch.
Some fans argued that NCIS: Los Angeles would be discontinued after Season 10.
The first round of rumors emerged as early as late 2017. This doesn't necessarily add or take away from the current standing of the show.
On one hand, the popularity of NCIS: Los Angeles went through a gradual decline in the past two years. That's not exactly a sign of success. However, if the rumors about Season 10 weren't true, the ones about Season 11 shouldn't be taken too seriously either.
TV Series Finale was far from the only outlet addressing the potential cancellation of the series.
TV Insider's Meaghan Darwish provides a thoroughly-detailed analysis of the plot lines suggesting that this could be the very end.
Deeks and Kensi's plans to start a family, Eric and Nell's frequent discussions about the possibility of moving away from the City of Angels, and Callen's dreams about reuniting with his sister all point toward one end — one that will be anything but pleasant for the devoted fans of the program.
CBS has yet to issue a press release on this depressing matter.
Catch new episodes of Los Angeles: New Orleans Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.