James Hibberd
February 02, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

No surprise here: CBS has decided to renew the most-watched drama on television for another season.

Coming off last night’s record viewership high of 22.9 million viewers, CBS announced that NCIS will return for a ninth year.


The network has also signed star Mark Harmon for two more years to lead the series.

“It’s simply amazing that a show in its eighth season continues to perform at such an elite level,” says Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “This is a tribute to the hard work of its talented writers, producers and cast for bringing to life such compelling stories and characters with intrigue and humor. The quality of the storytelling is also evident by the series’ incredibly devoted fan base who we thank for their passion and commitment to NCIS on CBS, in online communities and around the world.”

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