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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Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.

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Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.