How Much Longer Will ‘NCIS’ Last?

For fans of CBS’ NCIS, the network recently announced exciting news: The show has been renewed for season 17. That’s quite an impressive feat. So many shows fall victim to cancellation within the first one or two seasons, so to be able to make it nearly two decades is something to be proud of.

The procedural drama focuses on a team of special agents working with the Navy and Marine Corps to solve crimes ranging from murder to espionage. The show continues to pull in solid ratings for the network and only seems to grow its fanbase. So it makes you question, just how long will NCIS last?

Fans have connected with the characters on ‘NCIS’

You can’t have a successful show without a strong cast. That is one of the things that really makes NCIS shine. NCIS boasts one of the most talented crews in the business. The audience’s devotion to the characters is obvious, just take a look at the ratings. When Pauley Perrette left the show in 2018, fans tuned in to say goodbye. 14.8 million fans to be exact.

Naturally, over the years, fans have come to love certain characters more than others. Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, has long been a favorite, which is no surprise, given that he has been with the show since the beginning.

While other fan favorites have left the show, Harmon says he has no plans on going anywhere, as long as the show continues to stay fresh, noting, “Right now our writers are all very up and excited. You can see it on their faces. Now, if I ever witness them walking into the writers’ room with their heads down, feeling they’ve done it all, that would be the time to say, ‘I think I’m done here,'”

‘NCIS’ has spawned a few spin-offs

NCIS became a hit for CBS soon after it was released. The show was so popular that the network subsequently ordered two spin-offs. NCIS: Los Angeles premiered in 2009, while NCIS: New Orleans debuted in 2014. Both spin-offs have been just as successful as the original and have since been renewed for season 11 and season 6.

New fans of NCIS may not realize that the show was actually a spin-off itself. The 20th episode of season 8 of JAG served as the backdoor pilot for NCIS. In fact, the show’s stars, David James Elliott and Catherine Bell are slated to appear on NCIS: Los Angeles later this year. This is the first time that anyone from the original show will appear on the JAG spin-off.

‘NCIS’ has seen popular stars come and go

It’s a given that in any long-running show that the main cast is going to lose a character or two. Just look at how many main cast member Grey’s Anatomy has gone through. Through the years, NCIS has seen a few fan favorites bid farewell.

Perrette left the show last year, much to the dismay of fans. Fans have also had to say goodbye to Cote de Pablo. De Pablo, who portrayed Ziva, left in 2013 and fans have still been trying to figure out why the star left. The actress initially said that she left to take a break from acting, but later, also revealed that she didn’t agree with the politics of the show.

How much longer will ‘NCIS’ last?

It’s hard to gauge how much life a series has in it. Shows that are seemingly going strong can come crashing down with one wrong move, while others keep pushing through. But it seems that procedural dramas are getting longer and longer, thanks to dedicated fan bases. Criminal Minds was just renewed for season 15, Law and Order made it to 20 seasons, and Law and Order: SVU was just renewed for season 21. Given the popularity of these shows, we wouldn’t be surprised if NCIS had at least another three to four years left in it.