The number one TV show on any network – NCIS – has been renewed for an 11th season by CBS for the 2013-2014 TV season. A new contract extension for series star and executive producer Mark Harmon was also announced.
According to Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves, “In a world gone niche, ‘NCIS’ keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television. NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem – high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform”.
The long-running series is currently in its 10th season and continues to hit ratings milestones. This season ‘NCIS’ has averaged 21.48 million viewers, which is actually up by 7% over last season and is the highest-rated drama among adults from 25 to 54 years of age. The series also delivered its second-largest live plus same day audience on January 15, averaging 22.86 million viewers.
‘NCIS’ isn’t only successful here in the United States, but is also a top series in France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Australia and Germany. The series is also the number one off-network drama in its syndication run on the USA Network.
The series, that was actually a spin-off of the other long-running CBS series ‘JAG’, debuted back in 2003 and has since spawned its own spin-off series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ with plans for a second spin-off to possibly be part of the 2013-2014 TV season. ‘NCIS’ includes among its cast – besides Harmon – Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum.
The next new episode of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Tuesday, February 5 at 8/7c.