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NCIS has been renewed for its ninth season today by CBS.

NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted series for the second consecutive year, has been renewed by the CBS Television Network for the 2011-2012 season, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

“It’s simply amazing that a show in its eighth season continues to perform at such an elite level,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  ”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.”

“NCIS has become a network phenomenon and a global sensation.  The show continues to hit audience peaks on CBS and is a top performer in territories around the world,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.  “We thank an amazing cast, led by Mark Harmon, which has undeniable chemistry, for bringing to life characters with such amazing universal appeal.  And, we credit Shane (Brennan) and Gary (Glasberg) for the storytelling and production vision that delivers compelling episodes every week and a fresh creative vision every year.”

NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003-2004 as a spin-off of the long-running action/legal drama, JAG.  Since its debut, NCIS’ ratings have steadily climbed, becoming a top 10 program in 2007-2008, the series’ fifth season.  The show’s ratings continued building the following season, finishing 2008-2009 ranked fifth among all primetime programs.  Last season, the show ranked fourth among all programs and became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, with an average audience of 18.89 million viewers.

Currently in its eighth season, NCIS’ ratings are still rising and the series continues to be the #1 drama/scripted series.  This season, the show is averaging 19.60 million viewers.  Last night’s episode delivered a record audience of 22.85 million viewers and the show’s highest adult 18-49 rating since Oct. 2009.

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Mike & Molly is one of two shows expected to replace Two & A Half Men which has gone on production hiatus.

CBS has revealed that it is ordering more episodes of Rules of Engagement, and considering ordering more of 2010’s newest comedy smash hit Mike & Molly, to fill the void left by the suspension of production on Two & A Half Men whilst star Charlie Sheen undergoes rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

While there has been no official statement from CBS or the series’ respective studios, sources close to the situation confirm to TVLine that two additional episodes of Rules have been ordered, changing the series’ episodic order from 24 to 26.

The same can be said for CBS’ hit freshman series Mike & Molly, The Hollywood Reporter says.