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Source: CBS

Donald "Ducky" Mallard Is Leaving 'NCIS' After 16 Seasons — Here's Why

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When it comes to the most popular TV shows in America, NCIS is at the top of the list. OK, technically it comes in at No. 4 but with an average of 16 million viewers per episode, which is more than This Is Us and another CBS favorite Bull — you get the gist. 

However, with ratings like that, it's no surprise that the NCIS fanbase would be devastated by thought of losing one of the TV show's long-running character. Particularly, medical examiner extraordinaire Donald "Ducky" Mallard.