While NCIS does not have a tendency to win many industry awards stateside, there is one award that it does seem to pull down on a regular basis these days: An International TV Audience Award from the Monte-Carlo TV Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide. This award is really a measurement of global popularity all over the world, and to date, CBS series has managed to win this for a few years running. It’s watched by millions upon millions of people globally, and that is one of the reasons why we’ve said that Pauley Perrette’s character of Abby is such an enormous loss. Not only is she a popular long-running character on this series, but she’s also one of the most-recognizable characters all over the world. There could be viewers everywhere from Australia to Poland who will know who she is upon first glance.
Action & Science-Fiction TV Series
Prison Break (USA)
Crime TV Series
Criminal Minds (USA)
Lethal Weapon (USA)
Telenovelas / Soap Operas
Meri Aasquigui Tum Se Hi (India)
The Bold And The Beautiful (USA)
Saath Nibhana Saathiya (India)
You should consider this yet another sign of just how popular shows on CBS are — five out of the nine featured (and five out of the seven American shows) all hail from this particular network. This also does serve as a reminder as to why shows like Lethal Weapon and MacGyver were renewed for additional seasons by Fox and CBS. (Unfortunately, global viewership was not enough to save Scorpion, which has been struggling stateside in the ratings for some time. Scorpion actually is the biggest surprise on this list, just because it’s not a long-running franchise and doesn’t have an established franchise name behind it.)
For those of you who love Criminal Minds, maybe this gives you some hope that the series could stick around for a while still.
The official awards will be handed down at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival later this month. Let us know your thoughts on this story below, and be sure to also like CarterMatt on Facebook to secure some additional updates when it comes to the series. (Photo: CBS.)