“NCIS: Sydney” has quickly become a major success for the franchise, setting streaming records for Paramount+ just three days after its November 17 premiere, according to Deadline. The show has achieved the distinction of being the most-watched CBS premiere on the platform.

In a positive development, “NCIS: Sydney” attracted a total of 10 million viewers across both Paramount+ and its initial CBS broadcast, a substantial increase from the 5.48 million viewers who tuned in for the CBS broadcast alone. Comparatively, “NCIS: Hawai’i” typically garners five million viewers during regular broadcasts, and the original “NCIS” consistently draws close to seven million viewers, not including Paramount+ streams or other viewing methods.

Despite the recent cancellation of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the franchise remains robust, with “NCIS: Sydney” proving to be a success not only in the United States but also internationally.

Notably, “NCIS: Sydney” has earned the distinction of being the most-watched Australian-produced show on Paramount+ in both the United States and Australia. This achievement holds particular significance for CBS, marking the first time the “NCIS” concept has ventured into the international arena. This success has sparked interest in potential future shows set in various global cities within the franchise.

Setting itself apart, “NCIS: Sydney” features a unique approach, as highlighted by series creator Morgan O’Neill. The show presents a blended unit of Australian and American agents, creating a global family that collaborates seamlessly. O’Neill emphasized the series’ distinctiveness by showcasing the formation of the unit from the ground up, a departure from the typical “NCIS” franchise format where teams are already established and acquainted.

As “NCIS: Sydney” enjoys a rapid start, the key question remains whether it can sustain its momentum in the dynamic landscape of television.

By chrysos