CBS has just made an exciting announcement regarding the future of the NCIS franchise. The original NCIS series, born as a spinoff of JAG, has been granted a renewal for its 21st season. In addition to this, the spinoff NCIS: Hawai’i is set to return for its third season. Despite the recent cancellation of one spinoff, CBS remains committed to the success of the NCIS franchise, considering it among its iconic procedural dramas alongside CSI and Criminal Minds.
Originating as a spinoff of JAG, NCIS follows special agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they handle criminal cases involving the Navy and Marine Corps. The franchise has become a cornerstone of CBS’ primetime lineup, with multiple spinoffs expanding its universe. CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach expressed confidence in the network’s current winning streak with a mix of returning favorites and new hits, praising the outstanding work of the talented individuals both in front of and behind the camera.
This renewal news follows the announcement of the conclusion of the first spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles, after its ongoing 14th season. Meanwhile, the flagship NCIS series is undergoing a transition, with Gary Cole taking over the lead role from Mark Harmon’s Jethro Gibbs. Despite these changes, NCIS has maintained consistent ratings, securing its place as the third-longest-running primetime drama in the U.S., trailing behind only Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order. The current season has surpassed the legendary Gunsmoke in terms of longevity.
The renewals not only underscore the enduring popularity of the main NCIS series but also signal CBS’ confidence in the future of the franchise. Despite recent cancellations, CBS has an Australian-set NCIS spinoff in the works for Paramount+ and Network 10. The series’ longevity is further fueled by recent crossover events and ongoing viewer interest. Fans can anticipate new episodes of NCIS season 21 airing on CBS at 9 p.m. EST on Mondays, followed by NCIS: Hawai’i in the subsequent hour. The NCIS franchise appears to be on a solid trajectory for the foreseeable future.