A series that has been a big hit in the United States is now the most-watched drama series in the world. Variety reports that the CBS procedural "NCIS" has received the title.
The show has been the most popular U.S. drama series for five consecutive seasons, the report notes.
"On Wednesday, CBS’s global hit series received the prestigious International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series at the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. 'NCIS' is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International," the story reports. "The annual International Audience Award is presented jointly by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide to reward programs who delivered the highest ratings worldwide in 2013 across five continents in three categories: Drama TV Series, Comedy TV Series and Telenovelas/Soap Operas."
The awards cover 66 countries and represent a potential audience of nearly 3 billion viewers, the report notes. In 2013 "NCIS" delivered more than 57.6 million viewers worldwide.
"Stateside, 'NCIS' averaged 18.51 million viewers for its original episodes during the 2013-14 season, with that number swelling to 22.39 million with a full week’s worth of DVR playback included, according to Nielsen," Variety reports.
In a statement, "NCIS" star and executive producer Mark Harmon and executive producer Gary Glasberg said: "As ‘NCIS’ enters its 12th season, we couldn’t be happier to learn we’re now the #1 drama in the world. It’s no secret that determination and teamwork have allowed our cast and crew to continue to deliver a show we’re truly proud of."