Mark Harmon in NCIS

NCIS fans can breathe a sigh of expected relief. CBS has renewed the enduringly popular series for Season 16. This past year, the series has been the most-watched drama on CBS and around the world. News of the series' renewal is not the only bit of good news that CBS shared with fans of the long-running drama. There's more.

Along with announcing the news, there will be a sixteenth season of NCIS, CBS also announced that the series' star Mark Harmon had re-signed his contract with the show. That's right, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not going anywhere. Harmon will continue his fan-favorite role on screen and his prominent one behind-the-scenes as one of the show's executive producers.

While fans can expect to see more of Mark Harmon in Season 16, they will not see another one of the series' long-running stars. Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto, has already filmed her final scenes on the drama. She recently shared pictures from her emotional last day on set. Perrette's exit comes after starring on the series since it debuted 15 years ago.

If you have not been sweating whether NCIS would be renewed or not, you have had good reason to be confident in its chances. Even in its fifteenth season, NCIS has been averaging 17 million viewers. To put that in perspective, ABC was ecstatic when its Roseanne revival premiered to same day ratings of 18.16 million. Those numbers grew to 21.869 million viewers when those from delayed viewers were added in.

The success of NCIS Season 15 marks the continuation of a nearly ten-year streak for the series. The series premiered in 2003. Since its debut season, the series has never dipped below a season average of 11 million viewers, which many series would currently need to be considered a moderate success. Six years after its debut, NCIS became the top-rated scripted drama on television during the 2009-2010 broadcast season. It is a streak it has held for nearly ten years now, and it shows no signs of being broken any time soon.

NCIS will bid farewell to Pauley Perrette and Abby Sciuto in the Season 15 finale. That episode airs May 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can stream the latest episode of NCIS on CBS' website. If you want to relive previous seasons of NCIS, Netflix has you covered to make that pretty simple. Seasons 1 through 14 are currently available to stream.

To find out what else is coming up on CBS, check out our guides to TV's midseason and summer premieres. To learn more about the other shows streaming on Netflix, check out our guide to all of the 2018 premiere dates for its new and returning series.

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