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Posted at 7:18 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

CBS renews 'NCIS' for a ninth season

By Lisa de Moraes

Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray on "NCIS." (CBS)

The day after seven-and-a-half-season-old "NCIS" clocked its biggest audience ever -- 22.85 million viewers -- CBS announced it had ordered another round of the drama series for next season.

Remember when this Mark Harmon-starring procedural crime drama about officers of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service premiered on CBS in fall of 2003 -- a spinoff of CBS's creaky legal drama "JAG"? Did you think it would become a top-10 show in its fifth season and, in its seventh season, claw its way up the ratings ladder to become America's most watched scripted program on TV, with an average audience of nearly 20 million viewers?

Us neither.

And would you have put money on it being the No. 1 ranked scripted drama series in its eighth season season? Ditto.

A recent Harris Poll concluded that Mark Harmon is America's favorite TV star -- yes, ahead of Oprah. On the other hand, it concluded Charlie Sheen is No. 5. Go figure.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 2, 2011; 7:18 PM ET
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