The American police show was the world's most watched TV drama series in 2016. With 47.1 million viewers, "NCIS" regains its title after being knocked off the top spot last year by "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
"NCIS" won the International TV Audience Award at the 57th Monte-Carlo TV Festival in Monaco, which closed Tuesday, June 20. With 47.1 million viewers worldwide, the CBS show came in ahead of competitors "Criminal Minds" and "The X-Files."
In the comedy category, "The Big Bang Theory" retains its title with 39.8 million fans, seeing the show beat "Modern Family" for the second year running. "The Bold and the Beautiful" remains the world's most-watched soap opera with 13.1 million viewers.
International Audience Award nominees were pre-selected among the top 15 imported fiction programs in 61 countries, representing almost three billion potential viewers.
The 57th Monte-Carlo TV Festival ended Tuesday, June 20 with the Golden Nymph Awards ceremony, crowning the world's best TV shows. British talent shone particularly brightly this year, with awards for "Victoria" and its star Jenna Coleman in drama, and "Fleabag" and its creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge in comedy.