CBS has secured a multi-year contract extension with NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon and renewed the hit series for an eleventh season. The renewal comes as CBS is preparing another spin-off of the NCIS franchise which will be piloted as an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.
“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,” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. “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.”
NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003 and has been making ratings gains ever since. The show’s tenth season currently ranks as the number one program on television, ahead of Sunday Night Football. NCIS is averaging 21.48 million viewers, (up 7% year-on-year) and is the highest-rated drama among adults 25-54 (5.9/15), while averaging 4.2/12 in adults 18-49. The series delivered its second-largest live+same day audience on January 15th, averaging 22.86 million viewers. That total soared to 25.36 million viewers with Live+3 day, marking the first NCIS broadcast to deliver more than 25 million viewers in time-shifted viewing.
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