The show that is recognized as the No. 1 drama series on television, not just in the U.S. but also worldwide, has been picked up for two more seasons. CBS announced today that it has given the renewal to “NCIS.”
Series star and executive producer Mark Harmon also signed a new two-year deal.
In announcing the renewal, Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment, said: “It’s extraordinary that in its 13th season and with over 300 episodes to its credit, ‘NCIS’ continues to excel at such a high level on a global scale. It is testimony to an amazing cast, led on and off the screen by the exceptional Mark Harmon, for skillfully bringing this universally appealing team of heroes to life; and to Gary Glasberg and his writers for crafting compelling stories that feature ‘NCIS’s’ signature blend of mystery, quirk, drama and comedy every single week.”
The announcement adds: “Currently in its 13th season, ‘NCIS’ is a member of the exclusive 20 million viewer club. The drama is averaging 20.47 million viewers, up +4% from a year ago and on pace to finish the season as network television’s #1 drama for the seventh consecutive year. In key demographics, ‘NCIS’ ranks in the top 10 among adults 25-54, averaging 4.6/13, and is in the top 15 in adults 18-49, averaging 3.1/10. Also, ‘NCIS’ ranks in the top 10 among time-shifted programs, gaining nearly +4 million viewers with 7-day playback.”
The show is licensed in more than 200 markets internationally. “For the past two years, it has been awarded the International Audience Award by Eurodata TV Worldwide and The Monte Carlo Television Festival for being ‘the most watched drama series in the world.’ It is a top performing U.S. series in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and in the UK, among other countries,” the CBS announcement notes.