When Does ‘NCIS’ Return For the Rest of Season 19?


  • Fans have not seen a new episode of season 19 of NCIS since the end of January.
  • The hiatus was due to the Winter Olympics.
  • When the hit CBS procedural returns it is with a very special episode.
NCIS Gary Cole as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker and Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee
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NCIS hasn’t aired a new episode since late January. And the CBS primetime schedule for next Monday — February 14 — has an episode of Celebrity Big Brother in the NCIS time slot. Why did the popular procedural take a break? And when will it return for the rest of season 19?

‘NCIS’ season 19 is on hiatus due to the Winter Olympics

Every four years, the Winter Olympics tend to shake up prime time TV programming during the month of February. While NBC and its streamer Peacock go all-in on Olympic coverage, their entire programming schedule is put on hold.

Meanwhile, competing networks CBS, ABC, and FOX usually air reruns of their prime-time programming instead of new episodes. Or, they’ll insert special programming in an attempt to grab viewers’ attention.

This year, the entire CBS Monday primetime lineup went on hiatus after airing new episodes on January 24. For almost the entire month of February, CBS Monday nights will feature reruns and special episodes of Celebrity Big Brother and The Price is Right at Night.

Brian Dietzen has revealed when ‘NCIS’ will return for the rest of season 19

With the last new episode of NCIS airing weeks ago — and the fact that it has yet to show back up on the CBS primetime schedule for the month of February — many fans wanted to know details about when TV’s most-watched drama would return.

Some took to Twitter to ask star Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer), and he revealed quite a bit of info. Dietzen told fans that NCIS would be back with a new episode on Monday, February 28. He also confirmed that the next new episode to air– titled “The Helpers” — is an episode that he wrote.

The upcoming episode will be Brian Dietzen’s first writing credit

Dietzen has been part of the NCIS cast since the end of season 1. He started off in a recurring role, and over the years worked his way up to series regular. During that time, Jimmy has transitioned from a shy assistant known as the “autopsy gremlin” to the NCIS Chief Medical Examiner.

With Season 19, Episode 13 of NCIS, Dietzen will add another credit to his resume — writer. He told fans via Instagram in November that this was the first episode of NCIS he’s ever written, and he “couldn’t be more excited.”

Meredith Eaton returns as Carol Wilson

In a separate Instagram post, Dietzen revealed that the episode he wrote would feature the return of a fan-favorite character — immunologist Carol Wilson.

Played by Meredith Eaton, Carol made her first appearance on NCIS back in season 7 when she was introduced as an old college friend of Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette). Fans haven’t seen her on NCIS since the season 11 episode “Homesick.”

“Sometimes you get to write something for tv. And sometimes that means you get to hang out with friends you haven’t seen in far too long,” Dietzen wrote in the caption. “So happy you’re here @themereaton! #NCIS.”

‘NCIS’ fans finally get to meet Victoria Palmer when season 19 returns

On February 7, Dietzen took to Instagram once again to tease a major character introduction in the next new episode that will air on CBS. He posted a photo from the set that featured him sitting in a chair with his back to the camera.

In the chair next to him — and also facing away from the camera — was a little girl who was approximately 7-years-old. She had her long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. And she was wearing overalls and a striped pink shirt.

“Who’s ready to meet Victoria?” Dietzen wrote in the caption.

The only time fans have seen Victoria was on the day she was born in the season 12 episode “We Build, We Fight.”

Fans will get to see the return of Carol Wilson and meet Victoria Palmer when NCIS returns to CBS on Monday, February 28.

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