In a deal that will see the hit global franchise return to the US broadcast giant for its 16th run, CBS has renewed NCIS, its top drama and the most-watched drama in world, for the 2018-2019 broadcast season.
Additionally, series star and executive producer Mark Harmon has signed a new agreement to continue with the show which in its current season is averaging 17 million viewers and is one of the top five most-watched shows on broadcast television. NCIS is also one of the most-watched primetime series across CBS’s digital platforms, including the CBS All Access over-the-top offer and in the electronic sell through (EST) market.
“It’s pretty simple – viewers everywhere love NCIS,” said Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment. “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. NCIS’s amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans. Of course, none of this would be possible without an outstanding production team, and talented cast led by the incomparable and absolutely tireless Mark Harmon. We’re thrilled he is returning as the centrepiece of the show, and we could not be more excited for NCIS’s 16th season.”
In syndication, previous season episodes of NCIS are cable television’s most-watched off-network drama, out-delivering the next closest competitor by more than 23%. NCIS is also cable’s second most-watched off-net series, behind only The Big Bang Theory. The series has also been licensed in more than 200 territories.