NCIS most watched worldwide

US procedural NCIS has been hailed as the most watched drama in the world.

NCIS

NCIS

The series has received the International Television Audience award for a drama TV series at the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The award was judged from ratings gathered across five continents in 2013 and NCIS came out on top with more than 57.6 million viewers.

NCIS, which is heading into its 12th season this fall on CBS, is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

The action drama, which follows a team who investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corp links, stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham and David McCallum.

NCIS is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. It is executive produced by Gary Glasberg, Chas Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Harmon, Frank Cardea, George Schenck, Steven D Binder, Scott Williams, Shane Brennan and Donald P Bellisario.