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Ratings: Michael Weatherly’s ‘NCIS’ Sendoff Scores 17.6 Million Viewers

Shocking procedural episode grabs nearly four times the eyeballs of ”Megyn Kelly Presents“ Donald Trump special

Goodbye, Michael Weatherly. Hello, huge ratings.

The actor’s final “NCIS” episode on CBS scored a robust 2.5 key demo rating and a massive 17.6 million total viewers on Tuesday night, blowing out Fox’s Megyn Kelly interview with Donald Trump — as well as everything else across broadcast primetime. That conversation got just a 0.8/3 in the main demo but managed 4.7 million total viewers thanks to an older crowd tuning in.

With the strength of “NCIS,” CBS was able to finish first outright. NBC was a close second in the demo and a distant runner-up in overall eyeballs.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following the 8 p.m. ET “NCIS” season finale, the 9 o’clock “NCIS: New Orleans” posted a 1.8/6 and 13.2 million viewers. At 10, “Person of Interest” put up a 1.1/4 and 7.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.7/6 and in viewers with 8.2 million. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. ET earned a 1.8/7 and 8.9 million viewers. At 9, the “Chicago Med” season finale had a 1.6/5 and 7.8 million viewers. The “Chicago Fire” season finale at 10 received a 1.6/6 and 7.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and fourth in viewers with 3.27 million. “Fresh off the Boat” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.1/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Real O’Neals” got a 0.9/3 and 3.3 million viewers. The two-hour “Agents of SHIELD” season finale at 9 received a 1.0/3 and 3 million viewers.

The CW was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.4 million. “The Flash” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.3/5 and 3.3 million viewers. At 9, “Containment” managed a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 but third in viewers with 3.30 million. After “Megyn Kelly Presents,” the 9 o’clock “Coupled” premiere got a soft 0.5/2 and 1.9 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.