NCIS Renewal and Sneak Peeks: #1 With A Bullet!

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Great news, NCIS fans!  The most watched television drama in the world has been renewed for two more seasons!

CBS released the news yesterday that Gibbs and crew will be solving crime for seasons 14 and 15.  Comments about the renewal and the series from the President of CBS Entertainment follow the sneak peek at tonight’s episode, “After Hours.”

Tonight’s episode, “After Hours,” refers to a situation that happens far too often in some relationships.  The “body” may be home, but the “brain” still is focused on work.  It happens to most people, including the NCIS team.

Details are nagging the team over what seems to be an open-and-shut case.  DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) ruins a date by rehashing a case that is, for all intents and purposes, reaching a foregone outcome.

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) seem to be looking for a flaw in the logic during interrogation.  Could they have doubts about the veracity of the recounting of the crime by Navy Petty Officer Second Class, James Muldoon?  (Lachlan Buchanan, “Kyle Abbott” on a break from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, portrays Muldoon.)

Sometimes, however, dwelling over that gut feeling is necessary.  Each agent catches errors made during the investigation.

Abby (Pauley Perrette) waits for the “other shoe to drop” on the case, while McGee (Sean Murray) and Delilah (Margo Harshman) argue over breaking the rule of “no shoptalk at dinner.”

When Tim reconstructs the crime scene by using the food supposed to be served for dinner, Delilah gets angry.  The sight of the entrée spread out on the counter to replicate a murder scene tends to make a meal less appetizing.

Harshman, who has been recurring as McGee’s girlfriend, Delilah Fielding, since 2013, has the rare distinction of being an actor with recurring roles on television’s #1 comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY), and television’s #1 drama, (NCIS) during their runs.

What makes NCIS #1?  Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment, has this to say…

“It’s extraordinary that in its 13th season and with over 300 episodes to its credit, NCIS continues to excel at such a high level on a global scale.”

“It is testimony to an amazing cast, led on and off the screen by the exceptional Mark Harmon, for skillfully bringing this universally appealing team of heroes to life; and to Gary Glasberg and his writers for crafting compelling stories that feature NCIS’s signature blend of mystery, quirk, drama and comedy every single week.”

Here are some interesting facts about NCIS quoted from yesterday’s press release:

  • Currently in its 13th season, NCIS is a member of the exclusive 20 million viewer club
  • The drama is averaging 20.47 million viewers, up +4% from a year ago and on pace to finish the season as network television’s #1 drama for the seventh consecutive year
  • In key demographics, NCIS ranks in the top 10 among adults 25-54, averaging 4.6/13, and is in the top 15 in adults 18-49, averaging 3.1/10
  • NCIS ranks in the top 10 among time-shifted programs, gaining nearly +4 million viewers with 7-day playback
  • NCIS is also an international hit, licensed in more than 200 markets
  • For the past two years, it has been awarded the International Audience Award by Eurodata TV Worldwide and The Monte Carlo Television Festival for being “the most watched drama series in the world”
  • It is a top performing U.S. series in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and in the UK, among other countries
  • NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003. During the 2009-2010 season, it became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, and has remained the #1 drama ever since

Simply put…the “good guys” beat the villains (and less adept TV fare) with great characters, writers, actors, producers, directors and crew who continue to deliver high-quality entertainment to the audience.

NCIS also stars David McCallum, Rocky Carroll and Brian Dietzen.  “After Hours” also guest stars Shannon Lucio, Virginia Williams, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Connie Jackson, Scott Peat and Lazarus Jackson.  The episode was written by Cindi Hemingway and directed by Terrence O’Hara.

NCIS starts tonight at a special time 8:01 ET on CBS.  Check local listings for any area time changes due to Super Tuesday election results.  NCIS airs on Global TV in Canada at 8pm tonight.

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