NCIS Renewed For Next Year As Mark Harmon Re-Ups For Another Year

Mark Harmon, of the television show 'NCIS,' speaks during the CBS portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena, on January 11, 2012 Mark Harmon, of the television show 'NCIS,' speaks during the CBS portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena, on January 11, 2012

Fans of “NCIS” can breathe easy. Mark Harmon will be sticking around, and his hit CBS drama is returning next season.

The network announced Harmon’s one-year contract extension on Friday along with the renewal of a show that just keeps getting bigger.

Now in its 10th season, “NCIS” for the first time ranks as TV’s most-watched program, CBS said, outpacing even NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” '‘NCIS” logs an average 21.5 million viewers each week, up 7 percent over last year.

Harmon stars as Special Agent Jethro Gibbs, who heads up a team that investigates crimes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel. The cast also includes Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

“NCIS” premiered in Fall 2003.

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