CBS has picked up their long running procedural NCIS for a seventeenth season. While the network had always been expected to pick up the show, it was contingent on series star and executive producer Mark Harmon inking a new deal with CBS Television Studios. That has now happened, clearing the way for today’s renewal.
NCIS premiered in 2003 and became the top rated scripted drama on U.S. television during the 2009-2010 broadcast season. Now in it’s sixteenth season, the show is averaging an audience of 16 million viewers and presently ranks as the highest-rated drama and second-highest-rated series on all of television (second only to The Big Bang Theory).
“NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades”, said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment. “Its viewers are clearly the most loyal of any drama on television. They are passionate about the characters, the plot lines, and the storytelling. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the gifted production team, and the cast, led by the extraordinary Mark Harmon. We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”
At CBS, NCIS is one of the few shows to score an early renewal thus far for the 2019-2020 season. Other show’s set to return next season include Magnum P.I., God Friended Me, FBI, The Neighborhood, Criminal Minds, Mom and Young Sheldon. While they have yet to get the nod just yet, both NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans are also expected to return next season.