‘NCIS’ renewed by CBS for season 16, Mark Harmon to continue as star and EP

In the no-brainer move of the week, CBS has renewed its massive hit drama “NCIS” for a 16th season. That comes complete with a new contract for star and executive producer Mark Harmon, “America’s Most-Watched Network” said Friday.

“It’s pretty simple — viewers everywhere love ‘NCIS,'” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. ‘NCIS” amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans.”

“Of course, none of this would be possible without an outstanding production team, and talented cast led by the incomparable and absolutely tireless Mark Harmon,” he continued. “We’re thrilled he is returning as the centerpiece of the show, and we could not be more excited for ‘NCIS” 16th season.”

See Mark Harmon through the years:

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Mark Harmon through the years
Former Michigan football superstar Tom Harmon (L) posing w. his son Mark who is U.C.L.A.'s quarterback. (Photo by John Bryson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Mark Harmon and Elizabeth Reagan during 'The Love Boat' Honors Helen Hayes at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
Mark Harmon and Brianne Leary kissing on the beach in a scene from the television movie 'The Dream Merchants', 1980. (Photo by Columbia Pictures Television/Getty Images)
Mark Harmon looking into the eyes of Morgan Fairchild in a scene from the television movie 'The Dream Merchants', 1980. (Photo by Columbia Pictures Television/Getty Images)
Actor Mark Harmon and actress Cristina Raines attend the 31st Annual American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards on March 21, 1981 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 20: ABC SPECIAL - 'Battle of the Network Stars' - 11/20/81, Mark Harmon on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Actor Mark Harmon and actress Cristina Raines take a break from filming the television series Flamingo Road on February 9, 1982 at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Mark Harmon attends 'Flamingo Road' Press Conference on February 9, 1982 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
ST. ELSEWHERE -- 'Lust Et Veritas' Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nancy Stafford as Joan Halloran, Mark Harmon as Doctor Robert Caldwell (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
ST. ELSEWHERE -- Season 4 -- Pictured: Mark Harmon as Dr. Robert 'Bobby' Caldwell -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 18 -- Pictured: Mark Harmon during the 'He's the One' skit on May 9, 1987 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Mark Harmon during The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Mark Harmon during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 25, 1991 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 19: Mark Harmon (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Sarah Wayne, Mark Harmon, and Joshua Jackson standing together in a scene from the film 'Magic In The Water', 1994. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
Mark Harmon stars as Dr. Jack McNeil on 'Chicago Hope', a medical drama show based in Chicago, 1996. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Mark Harmon and guest during 4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mark Harmon during The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mark Harmon arriving at 2002 Creative Arts Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mark Harmon proudly shows his SAG Card. *exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
THE MEGAN MULLALLY SHOW -- Episode 1039 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Mark Harmon poses with host Megan Mullally on November 7, 2006 -- Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank
Mark Harmon (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 22: 'Silent Night'--Gibbs (Mark Harmon, right) and the team are forced to work overtime during Christmas when they discover their prime suspect has been dead for 17 years on NCIS Tuesday Dec. 16 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Mark Harmon -- Air Date 04/24/2008 -- Episode 3535 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Mark Harmon during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 14, 2008 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Mark Harmon at the 'NCIS' press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on February 26, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4596 -- Pictured: Actor Mark Harmon during an interview on January 16, 2014 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actor Mark Harmon honored with Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 13: 'Semper Fortis' -- While the NCIS team investigates the cause of a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a Petty Officer, Gibbs (Mark Harmon, pictured) searches for a way to clear a Navy Hospital Corpsman, who has served two medical tours in Afghanistan, after she's indicted for illegally providing medical aid to the victims of the crash, even though the surviving victims swear by her life-saving techniques, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Trae Patton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 5: 'Off the Grid' -- After Gibbs spots the brother of an 'NCIS Most Wanted' suspect, he immediately assumes his former alias and goes undercover with their infamous anti-government militia. Also, Bishop and Reeves partner on an off-the-books investigation, on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Tobias Jelinek, Mark Harmon. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 11: 'Privileged Information' -- When the NCIS team investigates a marine sergeant's tragic fall from a building, her doctor, Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo), confides in Gibbs and suggests he treat it as a murder investigation. Also, Torres searches for a place to live, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 10: 'Keep Your Enemies Closer' -- NCIS strikes a deal with convicted murderer Paul Triff (French Stewart), giving him a 48-hour furlough at his former residence, now McGee's home, in exchange for information that can convict his former cellmate, Gabriel Hicks (Graham Hamilton), the murderer who deceived Gibbs and Fornell (Joe Spano), on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Joe Spano, Mark Harmon. (Photo by Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images)
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This season, “NCIS” is averaging 17 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen’s “most current” data stream, which counts a week of delayed viewing where available. “NCIS” is also a smash hit globally, and is licensed in more than 200 territories.

“NCIS” premiered on CBS in 2003. During the 2009-2010 broadcast season, it became the No. 1 drama on broadcast television, and has held that title for each completed season since.

We”ll know in a few weeks if “NCIS” can make that claim again, or if “This Is Us” stays ahead of it as the most-watched drama of the 2017-18 season.

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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 3: 'Twofer' -- NCIS is called in to investigate when the body of a missing Navy Lieutenant who disappeared a year and a half ago is located by a cemetery grounds crew while they are relocating caskets on the property. Also, Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo) before officially resuming all work responsibilities, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24: 'Pandora's Box, Part I' -- After Abby's homeland security think tank is compromised and she is found in possession of a real bomb, the NCIS team discovers the leader of the group has been murdered and a theoretical terror playbook has been stolen, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Philly' -- When a missing MI6 Officer is linked to a murdered petty officer, Gibbs sends Quinn and Bishop to Philadelphia to work with MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry). Also, Quinn painfully recounts the NCIS case that made her leave field work, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 11: 'Privileged Information' -- When the NCIS team investigates a marine sergeant's tragic fall from a building, her doctor, Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo), confides in Gibbs and suggests he treat it as a murder investigation. Also, Torres searches for a place to live, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: 'Family First' -- NCIS, FBI and MI6 continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who is targeting current and former agents, on the 13th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., Sarah Clarke as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and Duane Henry as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves. Pictured: Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Emily Wickersham as Eleanor 'Ellie' Bishop, Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 20: 'Sister City: Part One' -- After the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all evidence points to the missing chef, Abby's brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work in conjunction with Pride and the New Orleans team to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 16: 'Decompressed' -- When a deep sea diver is murdered on the job, his body and suspected co-workers must remain in a high-tech decompression chamber for four days, leaving the NCIS team to complete an unorthodox investigation from outside the tank, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Viral' -- When a petty officer's murder matches the M.O. of a local serial killer, the NCIS team must determine if this is the killer's latest victim or the work of a copycat, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Darren Michaels//CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: 'Lockdown' -- While visiting a pharmaceutical lab on a murder case, Abby (Pauley Perrette) is trapped with no communication to the outside world after armed men take over the building and hold everyone hostage, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Semper Fortis' -- While the NCIS team investigates the cause of a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a Petty Officer, Gibbs searches for a way to clear a Navy Hospital Corpsman, who has served two medical tours in Afghanistan, after she's indicted for illegally providing medical aid to the victims of the crash, even though the surviving victims swear by her life-saving techniques, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 12: 'Homesick' -- After a mysterious illness strikes children from military families, Gibbs and the team investigate the cause. Meanwhile, Abby and Jimmy partner with the Naval Medical Research Center to determine the strain of illness, all in hopes of delivering a cure before the holidays, on NCIS, Tuesday, Dec. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 22: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' -- An explosion at a D.C. event that results in a casualty connected to the agency changes Parsons-� (Colin Hanks, center) perspective on Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and the NCIS team, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Pauley Perrette (right). (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 24: 'Damned If You Do' -- The international manhunt for Eli David and Jackie Vance's killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency, on the 10th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 5: 'Gone' - As the NCIS team investigates a teenage girl's abduction, Ziva and Abby (Pauley Perrette ) work closely with her young friend who witnessed the kidnapping on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 23: 'Broken Arrow' -- Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team is stunned when Gibbs, enlists the help of DiNozzo's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. to solve a case on 'NCIS,' Tuesday, November 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: 'Sins of the Father'-- After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner, right) is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night on NCIS, on the CBS Television Network. Pictured in a behind the scenes shot are Pauley Perrette and Robert Wagner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 17: 'Tell-All' -- NCIS connects a message in blood left by a murdered Navy commander to a manuscript that may contain classified military information, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Adam Rose/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 12: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist� night job takes a dangerous turn, McGee (Sean Murray, left) Abby (Pauley Perrette, center) and Agent Susan Grady (guest star Jackie Geary, right) have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 5: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job takes a dangerous turn, Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 23: 'Random on Purpose' -- Eric Beal (Barrett Foa) and Abby (Pauley Perrette guest stars) on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.(Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
VALENCIA - SEPTEMBER 16: 'Outlaws and In-Laws' --When Gibbs' boat is found with two dead mercenaries on board, he, along with Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team are forced to look at an old friend in a new light, on NCIS, Tuesday Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
American actress Pauley Perrette in a scene from the television crime drama series 'NCIS' (also known as 'Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service') entitled 'Mind Games,' Los Angeles, California, 2005. The episode, part of the series third season, was originally broadcast on October 4, 2005. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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