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

Last Updated: May 18, 2016 @ 1:57 PM

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.