It may not be one you were expecting considering the fantastic TV that has been delivered to us over the past few years, but it does make sense considering the amount of countries this series is shown in. The 54th Monte-Carlo TV Festival yesterday named NCIS the most watched drama series in the world, with the show garnering more than 57.6 million viewers worldwide in 2013.

The American police drama has been going since 2003 but this is the first time it's received this prestigious honour. NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon and executive producer Gary Glasberg said in a statement: "As NCIS enters its 12th season, we couldn’t be happier to learn we’re now the #1 drama in the world. It’s no secret that determination and teamwork have allowed our cast and crew to continue to deliver a show we’re truly proud of. We also know we wouldn’t be here without the support and loyalty of the best fans in television. Thanks to our worldwide audience for helping us start the new season off right."

Meanwhile, Modern Family won in the International Comedy category, with its star Julie Bowen named best comedy actress. Showtime/BBC’s Episodes won best European comedy series, while Norway’s Lilyhammer, which became Netflix’s first original series, won best international comedy series and best comedy actor, Steven Van Zandt.