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NCIS Earns Award as Most Watched Program in the Universe

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LJ Gibbs and company have gone international.

On Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, NCIS was honored with the International Television Audience Award for Drama, which is given to the series with the highest ratings across the globe.

The CBS series brings in 57.6 million viewers across 66 countries on a weekly basis.

Gibbs Smiling

"As NCIS enters its 12th season, we couldn’t be happier to learn we’re now the No. 1 drama in the world,” showrunner Gary Glasberg and star/exec producer Mark Harmon said via statement.

“It’s no secret that determination and teamwork have allowed our cast and crew to continue to deliver a show we’re truly proud of. We also know we wouldn’t be here without the support and loyalty of the best fans in television. Thanks to our worldwide audience for helping us start the new season off right.

The Mentalist and CSI earned the drama series honor in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Elsewhere: Modern Family and The Bold and the Beautiful, received the International Television Audience Award for Comedy and Soap Opera.

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I just finished watching an NCIS marathon on USA. Since NCIS is the most watched series in the universe, why is USA cutting the marathons? Modern Family is a good show, but not #1. Why is USA disappointing all the NCIS fans who used to watch all the marathons? We practically put USA on the map. I know there are marathons on CLOO, but not everyone can pick up that channel. Share your opinions please !

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@ Carol

we are entering Summer so their summer show are coming back so their catching people up

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@ Carol

IDK Carol. But my guess is that they've had NCIS on for so long that they're cutting back just to change things up a bit. NCIS is not on nearly as much as it used to be, but Modern Family, Law and Order SUV, and NCIS LA seem to be programmed regularly now. I have to admit that I wasn't watching the NCIS reruns as much as I used to once they started programming the more recent season episodes so often, as I didn't much care for seasons 7 through 10.

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NCIS is the Tops ! All the cast is great, but I agree with you Erin that I like Tony especially. MW is so creative and funny !

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Way to go NCIS. 57.6 million viewers per week is just amazing! Great ensemble cast - especially Tony!!!

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The baby butchering ziva nuts are going to have a field day with this one.

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@ Dean

I know they are and what funny is they are dumb enough to think that Ziva is the reason NCIS got this award

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@ Dean

Please. Just. Go. Away.

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@ PatrickC

Free speech buddy

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@ Freedom

You're a newcomer to the site, aren't you?

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Sweet Congrat NCIS

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Sweet Congrat NCIS