Following a popular World Series, NCIS is back at the top of the ratings pile. This week’s episode of NCIS drew in over 12 million viewers, outperforming other popular shows like The Voice and This Is Us. The ratings rebound comes after NCIS star Mark Harmon was named one of television’s highest paid actors.
This week’s episode, which was a Halloween installment, officially had 12.3 million viewers. The only other show on CBS to top that was the network’s newest series, FBI, where drew in 9.4 million fans.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, NCIS came out ahead of The Voice, which brought in 9 million viewers, and The Conners, which attracted 7.9 million, for the Tuesday time slot.
NCIS was hurting in the ratings department following Pauley Perrette’s exit at the end of last season. Perrette played Abby Sciuto on the crime drama and had been a part of the series since the very beginning. Only time will tell if the new numbers are sustainable, but it is clear that NCIS is still a very popular series.
The popularity of the show is probably why Harmon is one of the highest paid actors in the business. Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs, takes home around $19 million a year for starring on NCIS.
The actor has been on the series for all sixteen seasons and is currently number five on the list of highest paid television stars. Of course, it also helps that Harmon works as one of the executive producers of the series, which probably gives him an added bonus.
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For those curious, The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons topped the list at $26.5 million. Parsons’ co-stars are close behind him, including Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg.
Mark Harmon is slightly ahead of Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet, but that could all change since they are in their final season.
New episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS.