NCIS Season 20 release date confirmed as CBS announces Fall premiere

Is NCIS Season 20 making a comeback to CBS this fall? Continue reading to find out.

The CBS network already announced that NCIS Season 20 would indeed return this year, which has increased interest among viewers as NCIS is without doubt one of the most beloved series on television right now. If you are one of them who want to get clarity about the potential release date then look no further! As we’ve compiled all of the relevant information on the NCIS Season 20 to remove all your worries. Continue reading to the very end to find all of your answers.

On March 31, 2022, CBS renewed NCIS for a 20th season. The network also confirmed the news by sharing the renewal announcement on the official Twitter handle, of NCIS: Los Angeles quoting, “It’s official — #NCIS is back for its 20th season! Parker and the team return for all-new cases and even more drama. Who’s excited?” Take a look at the official post below:


According to the network, NCIS will be a part of CBS’s fall lineup for the 2022-2023 TV season. This indicates that it is likely that the upcoming season will return to TV screens sometime around September to October 2022. Just like the prior seasons have been consistent with the yearly time schedule on the network.


For the 2022–2023 broadcast season, the whole NCIS franchise will be back. The longest-running American primetime drama series, behind Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order, has been renewed by CBS for a milestone 20th season, which would tie Gunsmoke.

It also has picked up its top freshman drama NCIS: Hawai’i for a second season and, NCIS: Los Angeles for a 14th season. To receive a preview of the new plotlines, you’ll need to wait until the social media promotional materials for each of these series are posted. As only a few months are left for the whole NCIS franchise to return back on TV screens.

NCIS Season 20 Release Date

After more than two months of wait, the network has officially confirmed that the series will return this year by disclosing that NCIS Season 20 will be premiering new episodes on Monday, September 19, 2022.

The official Twitter handle of NCIS also shared the update among its followers on June 23, 2022, quoting, “Grab your gear – #NCIS returns with an ALL-NEW season Monday, September 19. You won’t want to miss it. ” Take a look at the official post below:


According to Deadline, NCIS has successfully navigated the leading man transition from Mark Harmon to Gary Cole, securing a renewal. The venerable drama is the No. 1 most-watched broadcast series this season, per Nielsen, drawing 11.11 million viewers and improving its new Monday 9 PM time slot by +149%, as per Nielsen.

The series also has been strong on social, with over 95.8 billion potential social media impressions. Hence, it is not a surprise that the network has decided to greenlight the series for another season as these factors make many major tv networks not lose any potential success from a long-running franchise any time soon.

“NCIS, one of the most popular and enduring series in the world, and fan-favorite NCIS: Los Angeles has been hugely successful on the CBS schedule for years,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “With the strong new addition of NCIS: Hawai’i, we are able to expand the strength of this formidable franchise across our schedule. We couldn’t be more excited to have all three talented casts and creative teams back to bring more compelling NCIS stories to viewers in the U.S. and around the globe.”

So, the viewers simply need to be patient with such additional updates, since they take time and are strategically pushed to entice people to tune in to watch the series and other franchises.

NCIS Season 20 Time Slot

NCIS Season 20 seems to be staying in the time slot on Monday at 9 pm. So, it is unlikely that the timings for the upcoming season will be changed unless there are certain adjustments that the network will certainly notify the viewers.

On the other hand, NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 will be staying in the time slot on Sunday at 10 p.m and the series will be followed by the Monday premiere of NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2 at 10 pm time slot.

NCIS Season 20 Cast Updates

It is unclear whether Mark Harmon who plays NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs exited earlier this season as an actor but remains an executive producer, and would appear on the show next season. The door was left for him to reprise his character whenever he would want to do it. Other prominent cast members who are confirmed to return are as follows:

Sean Murray as NCIS Senior Field Agent Timothy McGee
Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas Torres
Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer
Diona Reasonover as NCIS Forensic Specialist Kasie Hines
Katrina Law as NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight
David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard
Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance
Gary Cole as NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Alden Parker
Maria Bello as NCIS Special Agent and Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Sloane
Diona Reasonover as NCIS Forensic Specialist Kasie Hines

Moreover, Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, David North, and Donald P. Bellisario serve as executive producers. NCIS is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Studios.

Where to stream NCIS Season 20?

When released NCIS Season 20 will be available to stream on Paramount+, fuboTV, and Netflix along with all the prior seasons of this major franchise on the streaming platforms. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.

Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on CBS officially website where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Mondays in the 9/8c time slot. You are able to stream NCIS for free on Pluto, CBS, and NBC based on the viewers’ location.

NCIS Season 19: What happened in the finale episode?

NCIS Season 20 is anticipated to continue the storyline from the very last episode of the jam-packed 21 episodes of Season 19, which viewers got to see on the CBS channel in Episode 21, Birds of a Feather, which was released on May 23, 2022. The episode was projected to have been watched by 7.47 million people in the United States.

The episode is directed by Terrence O’Hara and written by Christopher J. Waild. The official synopsis of the episode states, “When Parker is framed for murder, the team members puts their jobs and lives on the line to buy time and uncover the truth.”

The tension peaked on NCIS Season 19 Episode 21 when his ex-wife showed up to try to clear him of the murder charge. In another area, the crew came up with a risky scheme to save one of their members. Torres had to decide whether or not he would remain on the team at some point.

Hence, the upcoming season is expected to be picked up and revealed where the overall plot of the series is going in terms of characters and storylines from this precise moment of the finale episode. All of the previous episodes have set the tone for the recent season, which will see the story develop and expand in ways that will entice viewers to watch the show.

NCIS Official Synopsis

The synopsis of the series states, “NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) special agents based at the Washington, D.C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. For the first eighteen seasons, the team was led by Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a Marine veteran, and seasoned investigator.”

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for more NCIS Season 20 updates.