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‘NCIS’ Renewed as Mark Harmon Extends Contract

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

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.