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The `NCIS` cast. (CBS photo)
The "NCIS" cast. (CBS photo)

CBS announces new contract extension for 'NCIS' star and EP Mark Harmon

by jmaloni
Fri, Feb 1st 2013 09:40 pm

"NCIS," television's No. 1 series and a global leader, is renewed for 2013-14 season

CBS announced Friday a new contract extension for NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon, and that the U.S. and global ratings phenomenon "NCIS" has been renewed for the 2013-14 season. 

"In a world gone niche, 'NCIS' keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the No. 1 show on television," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, 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."

Currently in its 10th season, "NCIS" continues to hit ratings milestones. This season, for the first time ever, it ranks as television's No. 1 program (ahead of "Sunday Night Football"). "NCIS" is averaging 21.48 million viewers, up 7 percent over last 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 plus same day audience on Jan. 15, averaging 22.86 million viewers. That total soared to 25.36 million viewers with L+3 day lift, marking the first "NCIS" broadcast to deliver more than 25 million viewers with live plus 3-day lift or live plus 7-day lift.

"NCIS" is also an international hit, licensed in more than 200 markets. It is the No. 1 series on M6 in France, the No. 1 U.S. series on Rai2 in Italy and the No. 2 U.S. series overall, the No. 1 U.S. series on TV3 in Sweden, the No. 2 U.S. series on LaSexta in Spain, the No. 2 U.S. drama on Network Ten in Australia and the No. 3 U.S. series on Sat1 in Germany.

In domestic syndication, "NCIS" is broadcast on USA Network and ranks as cable's No. 1 off-network drama.

"NCIS" premiered on CBS in 2003-04. Since its debut, "NCIS's" ratings have steadily climbed, finishing 2008-09 ranked fifth among all primetime programs. During the 2009-10 season, it became the No. 1 drama/scripted program on television, and has remained the No. 1 drama ever since.

"NCIS" stars Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum. Gary Glasberg, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Shane Brennan, George Schenck, Frank Cardea and Donald P. Bellisario are executive producers for Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.

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