‘NCIS’ Renewed for Season 17 at CBS With EP Mark Harmon

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Three things are certain in life (at least for TV fans): death, taxes, and NCIS.

CBS announced Thursday it has renewed the long-running procedural for a Season 17, set to air in the 2019-2020 season.

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NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said in a statement. “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,” she continued. “We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”

Harmon has been leading the team and the series as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs since its introduction as a backdoor pilot on JAG in 2003.

NCIS premiered that fall, and it has been the #1 drama/scripted program on television for eight of the last nine seasons since it claimed the top spot in the 2009-2010 season.

The series is the highest-rated drama and second-highest rated series in all of television, as well as one of the most-watched primetime series on CBS’ digital platforms.

It’s also a hit in syndication, and its reruns are cable TV’s most-watched off-network drama. Plus, NCIS is cable’s second-most-watched off-net series. (The Big Bang Theory is cable’s first.)

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