NCIS Renewed For Season 20 After Successful Viewership — Despite No Mark Harmon

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NCIS Renewed For Season 20 After Successful Viewership — Despite No Mark Harmon

By Movieguide® Staff

When Mark Harmon officially bowed out from NCIS after 18 seasons, fans and critics alike wondered if the series would continue.

However, as NCIS Season 19 came to a close on May 23, it is clear that the show remains a favorite among the majority of fans as CBS chooses a release date for Season 20.

With Gary Cole at the helm, playing the role of agent Alden Park, fans can expect more crime-solving in the upcoming season.


“NCIS, one of the most popular and enduring series in the world…” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to have all three talented casts and creative teams back to bring more compelling NCIS stories to viewers in the U.S. and around the globe.”

Newsweek reported:

The jewel in the network’s crown is NCIS, which is its most-watched show in terms of total viewers and in the 18 to 49 demographic key to advertisers. It’s also the most-watched show on network TV in the U.S. in general, and the second out of all U.S. linear television behind Yellowstone.

Gibbs’ exit wasn’t the franchise killer that many feared it would be. Though viewership is down 22 percent on the show in general this season (per TVSeriesFinale), there was no negligible difference in viewing figures in the episodes Harmon featured in versus the ones after he left the show.

NCIS continued its ratings reign.

Movieguide® previously reported:

As the Oscars continue to pander to audiences under the guise of inclusiveness, the numbers show they end up losing viewers who want moral values championed.

However, NCIS’s moral, patriotic, and often pro-family themes propelled multiple episodes in the long-running series to the top 100 list.

NCIS’ strong showing led CBS to earn the No. 1 channel spot for viewership in the 2021-2022 broadcast season with 166 million total minutes viewed.

“While ‘time spent’ has mainly been a streamers’ metric, it actually demonstrates the continuing strength and scale of broadcast television, and CBS in particular,” George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News, and Sports, Paramount+, said. “Additionally, all this content is available on Paramount+ too, both live and on demand.”

Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment, added: “No matter how you analyze the numbers – time spent, live +7, live +3 or live – CBS’ primetime schedule and our highly successful new series are resonating loudly with viewers.”