The entire NCIS franchise will return for the 2022-2023 broadcast television season. On March 31, CBS made the big announcement. It also confirmed that the flagship NCIS would reach a significant milestone — season 20.
The move of ‘NCIS’ to Monday nights has proven to be a success.
CBS has finally announced that NCIS will be renewed for another season. NCIS: Los Angeles will return for season 14, and NCIS: Hawai’i will return for season 2.
“NCIS, one of the world’s most popular and enduring series, and fan favorite NCIS: Los Angeles have been hugely successful on the CBS schedule for years,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl told Deadline.
“With the addition of NCIS: Hawai’i, we are able to spread the strength of this formidable franchise across our schedule.” We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back all three talented casts and creative teams to bring more compelling NCIS stories to viewers in the United States and around the world.”
Why is Season 20 such a landmark..?
Despite Mark Harmon’s departure in episode 4, NCIS season 19 has maintained relatively high ratings for CBS. NCIS has averaged 11.11 million viewers this season after shifting from its Tuesday night 10 p.m. (EST) time slot to an hour earlier on Monday night. This has resulted in a 149 percent increase in ratings in the Monday 9 p.m. (EST) hour compared to last season.
The series has also received a lot of attention on social media, with CBS claiming that it has received over 95.8 billion potential social media impressions.
Those high viewership numbers, as well as social media success, played a significant role in NCIS being renewed for season 20 — a significant milestone. This is due to the fact that it will tie Gunsmoke as the third-longest-running primetime drama in television history. Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU are the only two series that have lasted longer than NCIS.
Will Mark Harmon return for season 20 of ‘NCIS’..?
When the official NCIS socials announced the renewal, they posted a cast photo collage of the number 20 with the Washington Monument in the background.
Sean Murray (McGee), Wilmer Valderrama (Torres), Rocky Carroll (Vance), Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer), Diona Reasonover (Kasie Hines), Katrina Law (Knight), Gary Cole (Parker), and David McCallum were among the NCIS cast members featured in the small photos (Dr. Ducky Mallard). Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs was conspicuously absent from the image.
Many fans were still hoping that Harmon would make a comeback this season or next. However, Gibbs’ story appears to be coming to an end as a result of his prolonged absence. In addition, “Parker and the team” are mentioned on social media. Making it clear that he, not Gibbs, is now in charge.
Harmon, on the other hand, remains the series’ executive producer, and the door has reportedly been left open for him “to reprise his character whenever he would like to do it.”
CBS airs new episodes of NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i on Monday nights. NCIS: Los Angeles is a Sunday primetime show on the network.
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