‘NCIS’ Renewed as Mark Harmon Extends Contract

In its current 10th season, the CBS drama "NCIS" is averaging 21.5 million total viewers

Last Updated: February 1, 2013 @ 1:13 PM

CBS's hit drama "NCIS" has been renewed for another season, after the network extended its contract with series star and executive producer Mark Harmon, the network said Friday.

"In a world gone niche, 'NCIS' keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television," CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves said of the renewal. "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."

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A ratings bockbuster for CBS, "NCIS" — which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. — has been television's top scripted drama since the 2009-2010 season. In its current 10th season, the program has been averaging a 4.2 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, and 21.5 million total viewers, a 7 percent increase over last year.

On the series, Harmon stars as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who leads a team of special agents who investigate crimes involving the Navy and Marine Corps.