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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NCIS Quotes

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony