CBS is locking up its hot property.
Mark Harmon has signed a new deal to stay with “NCIS” for another year (and possibly two), as the hugely popular series is renewed for an eleventh season.
Harmon’s contract extension and pick-up for the 2013-2014 season were announced Friday by CBS.
“In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television,” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS in a statement. “NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem – high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform.”
The specifics of Harmon’s contract renewal are under wraps, but it’s believed the actor has gotten another raise, possibly up to as much as $700,000 per episode, according to Deadline. Harmon’s previous agreement, negotiated in 2011, reportedly earned him a salary of $500,000 per episode.
Now in its 10th season, “NCIS” is showing no signs of aging and is, in fact, on fire. The show is averaging 21.48 million viewers, that’s up 7% over last season and makes it the highest-rated drama in the adults 25-54 (5.9/15) demo. The series hit its second-highest all-time high with the Jan. 15 episode, pulling in 22.86 million viewers.
“NCIS” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.