‘NCIS’ Renewed For Season 17
‘NCIS‘ will return for a 17th Season US broadcaster CBS has announced.
The action-drama follows the agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they spearhead investigations into criminal offences in the US Naval service, lead by NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). He is aided by NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham), a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres (Wilmer Valderrama), who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Maria Bello), who built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs.
“NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades,” commented Kelly Kahl, President, 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.”
The renewal doesn’t come as a huge shock, given NCIS is averaging 16.0 million viewers for CBS this season, and is the highest-rated drama and second-highest-rated series in all of television (behind only the juggernaut which is ‘The Big Bang Theory’). On the digital front, ‘NCIS’ is one of the most-watched primetime series across CBS’ digital platforms. The series also continues to be a powerhouse in the global market, licensed in more than 200 territories.
The show also does extremely well for CBS in the lucrative syndication market (when they sell the older seasons on to other networks.) Previous season episodes of ‘NCIS’ are cable television’s most-watched off-network drama, out-delivering the next closest competitor by +27%.
Season 16 of ‘NCIS‘ is currently airing Friday nights at 9pm on Fox UK.