CBS has announced that network cornerstone NCIS has been renewed for a 17th season, with star Mark Harmon signing a new deal.
“NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. “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 linchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”
Currently averaging 16 million viewers and a 2.0 in Live + 7 measures, NCIS has been an important piece for CBS this season, launching successful freshman drama FBI, maintaining impressive steadiness in Live + Same Day, and overcoming another cast change after Pauley Perrette left after 15 seasons. The series is said to be one of the network’s top digital performers and maintains an astonishing international/syndication presence, meaning that it will likely go on as long as Harmon wants, similar to ABC’s arrangement with Grey’s Anatomy and Ellen Pompeo.
With this renewal, NCIS joins Criminal Minds, FBI, God Friended Me, and Magnum PI as dramas to have already gotten a spot on the 2019-20 schedule. Among the CBS dramas still waiting for public word on their fate are SEAL Team, SWAT, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Code, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8:00 on CBS.