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NCIS Isn’t Slowing Down ‘Anytime Soon,’ Says CBS Boss — Plus, the Latest on NCIS: Sydney Season 2

As the NCIS franchise gets ready to film its 1,000th overall episode (!), the future for the long-running mothership looks as rosy as ever.

Ahead of NCIS‘ Season 21 premiere (on Monday, Feb. 12), CBS entertainment chief Amy Reisenbach told our sister site Deadline, “I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

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“It’s a fantastic cast with a fantastic writing staff that’s been there a really long time,” the exec noted. “So, as long as they want to keep it going, we’re thrilled to be on the NCIS train…. [W]e hope to continue on for quite a while.”

NCIS last TV season averaged 9.9 million total viewers (with Live+7 playback), making it not only TV’s most-watched drama, but marking the largest audience for any 2022-23 entertainment program.

NCIS: Sydney
NCIS: Sydney

CBS’ Reisenbach also promised news to come “soon” for the NCIS: Sydney fans wondering if the Australia-set offshoot, which recently aired its season finale, will get a Season 2.

Season-to-date, NCIS: Sydney has been averaging 6.6 million viewers and a 0.43 demo rating (with Live+7 playback). It stands as CBS’ most-watched entertainment program of this strange, strikes-delayed TV season, and only trails the Eye Network’s own 60 Minutes in total audience.

NCIS: Sydney also emerged as the most-watched freshman show on any network this fall.

“We’re thrilled with how NCIS: Sydney did,” Reisenbach said. “It’s not just a win for CBS but it’s really a win for all of Paramount, for Paramount+, for Paramount International….

“I feel really positive, and there will be news to come soon,” she added.

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Though Reisenbach was not asked (nor volunteered anything) about NCIS: Hawai’i (which opens its third season on Feb. 12), she did share some insight on the recently greenlit NCIS: Origins, a prequel series that will follow a yet-to-be-cast, circa-1991 Leroy Jethro Gibbs (with original portrayer Mark Harmon narrating).

NCIS: Origins is really different than any of the other NCISes,” the exec offered. “It’s a little edgier and grittier [and] it’s got a serialized element of it that we’re really excited about.”

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