Mark Harmon Makes New Deal as ‘NCIS’ Scores Record Ratings

by | February 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM | NCIS, TV News

Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray and Mark Harmon of 'NCIS' (Photo: CBS)

Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray and Mark Harmon of 'NCIS' (Photo: CBS)

NCIS” hit a new high in the ratings Tuesday night, and shortly afterward came news that the CBS mega-hit has been renewed for next season (no surprise), and possibly the season after that, now that series star Mark Harmon has been signed to a new two-year deal.

It hasn’t been officially given two more seasons, but according to Deadline.com, Harmon just reached an agreement to continue in the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, special agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, for the next two seasons.

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According to the story, Harmon, 59, will earn $500,000 per episode and be given an executive producer’s credit. The Deadline story says all of Harmon’s co-stars, with the exception of Cote de Pablo (who plays Ziva David), have been signed up for next season.

Now in its eighth season, “NCIS” is going against all expectations for a TV series that’s been around so long. Instead of leveling off or fading in popularity as most shows do eventually, “NCIS” attracted 22.85 million viewers this past Tuesday at 8 p.m./7c -– a new record for the series, and further evidence that the show, currently TV’s top-rated scripted drama, will remain a hot property for CBS for the foreseeable future.

Moreover, with its high-rated spin-off “NCIS: Los Angeles” –- starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell –- airing in the time slot just after it, CBS owns Tuesday nights. Just this week, “NCIS: L.A.” drew 17.7 million viewers at 9/8c and “The Good Wife” had 12.14 million at 10/9c. The closest competition: 9.2 million viewers for a two-hour edition of “The Biggest Loser” on NBC.