NCIS is sticking around at CBS.
In the least surprising renewal news of the season, the procedural drama has been renewed for Season 17.
“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,” Kahl continued.
“We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”
The series remains a solid option in the ratings. NCIS Season 16 is currently averaging 12.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating in the demo based on Live+SD measures.
These figures swell to 16.1 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating in Live+7 DVR metrics.
CBS has already renewed Criminal Minds (for a final season), FBI, God Friended Me, Magnum P.I., Young Sheldon, Mom, and The Neighborhood.
There are even plans for an FBI spinoff to launch next season. The network aired a backdoor pilot for the potential series just last week.
The network has yet to make a decision about Fam, Man with a Plan, NCIS: Los Angeles, Happy Together, Murphy Brown, NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, SEAL Team, SWAT, Bull, MacGyver, The Code, Madam Secretary, Ransom and Life in Pieces.
NCIS continues next Tuesday with an episode titled "Hail & Farewell."
Here's the official logline:
NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site.
A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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