NCIS is one of the top-rated police procedural dramas on CBS. The show revolves around a fictitious team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, merging military drama and police procedural genres. The show debuted on September 23, 2003, and has completed eighteen seasons with 429 episodes in its pocket.
The show is currently airing its nineteenth season, which began broadcasting on September 20, 2021. As of 2022, it is the third-longest-running scripted, non-animated U.S. primetime TV sequence presently airing, topped only by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order.
Since it arrived in 2003, the show has gained global recognition and received positive reviews throughout its run, covering almost two decades. Initially, it began with low ratings, but with its third season, it was constantly maintaining its position in the top 20, and by its sixth season, it became a top-five hit, having remained there since.
According to sources, The entire NCIS franchise is returning for the 2022-2023 broadcast season. CBS has renewed its flagship NCIS for a milestone 20th season, which would tie Gunsmoke as the third-longest-running U.S. primetime drama series only behind Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order.
Despite the departure of Mark Harmon, the renewal of season 20 is still massive news for the franchise. After moving from its Tuesday 10 PM (EST) time slot to an hour earlier on Monday night, NCIS has averaged 11.11 million viewers this season, which has boosted ratings in the Monday 9 PM (EST) hour by 149 percent compared to last season. These vast numbers mean a lot to the fans and the cast, and another run is something that everyone deserves for their hard work.