Ever since the “NCIS: New Orleans” concluded its Season 1, the viewers are still recovering from the hangover of the show. Registering an astounding 15 million viewers (average) per week is no mean feat and never ever has this happened in the last decade of television history. ABC’s Desperate Housewives in 2004 achieved this and Fox’s hip-hop opera “Empire” was in competition to NCIS: New Orleans but ended up way behind with average 12.9 million viewers per week.
May 12, 2015, the date on which the episode ‘My City’ of the new show was aired is exactly two years later than the first inception of the show when Gary Glasberg (show-running executive producer of NCIS) suggested a ‘sweeps’ episode to Mark Harmon (star and executive producer of NCIS) set in New Orleans to which Mark responded by saying that this could be a new show altogether.. And voila!! .. here we have this amazing new series. Here are ten reasons why the show deserves all the accolades. Read on to know more:
10) The Launch Pad Of The Show Was Best Ever On Television
The main characters and the base line of the show was introduced in hugely popular Washington D.C set, California shot NCIS episodes in March and April 2014 where we saw Harmon travelling to New Orleans as per a new story line. This itself acted as inertia enough to pull the viewers towards this new show and the fact that Glasberg wrote the two episodes, the chances of error were already minimized. The opening night club scene featuring the Gumbo Brothers was shot in Los Angeles and altogether everything just fit in perfectly like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
9) References Of New Orleans Were Very Many To Kindle The Suspense!
‘NCIS’ episodes saw many New Orleans local musicians like the Treme Brass Band, Daniel Farrow, Yes Ma’am, Sweet Jones, Luke Winslow King and the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band and then there were name-drops of eateries like Café du Monde, Chubbie’s and Mother’s .. so the cues were put for the viewers and the network executives to latch on.. and sure they did.. proof of this being the whopping 17 million viewers that the introductory first episode named ‘Crescent City’ garnered. CBS then announced the time slot and spinoff’s link to the original series.