Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NCIS: Who's Watching This Show? No, Really. Who?

There's this show on CBS called NCIS. You might've heard of it. No?

Well, 17 million people watched a rerun of it last night. A rerun. Seventeen million viewers.

To put it in perspective, the show EVERYBODY talks about, Glee, pulls in only about 8 million. With original episodes.

I don't get it. Who's watching NCIS?

I'll tell you who's not watching. 1) Me. 2) Everybody I know. 3) Everybody they know. 4) And everybody they know.

But somewhere out there in the good ole U.S. of A, there are 17 million people who passed up new episodes of So You Think You Can Dance and The Biggest Loser to watch an old episode about navy people solving crimes.

The star of NCIS is a guy named Mark Harmon. You may know him as that guy in that movie, you know, the one w/ that woman. Mark Harmon. Everybody knows him. Right?

There is also a couple on the show whose names mash together to form Tiva. Like Brangelina, but more succinct. I don't know Tiva's actual names. I just know Tiva sounds like Tivo. Did you know Tivo sends you cookies when you sign up?

Where was I going with this entry? Oh, right. NCIS, the show nobody talks about, regularly delivers 20 million viewers with new episodes. So a rerun took in 85% of the audience a BRAND NEW EPISODE delivers.

Grey's Anatomy would kill for that kind of audience loyalty. I've never watched a Grey's rerun in my life. I see one second of a familiar scene, and I'm diving for the remote.

Has anybody out there watched NCIS? If so, I would like to interview you and ask you all about this show. Why is it so great? Why would you watch it twice? What else has Mark Harmon been in?


  1. I do watch it.
    NCIS is great because it's not an usual procedural show. It's absolutely not a military show. Nothing like CSI, or JAG. It's like a dramedy: a mix between a drama and a comedy. It's all about characters and how they interact. You cannot help but to fall in love with them. So many funny moments. Mark Harmon on this show plays Gibbs, who is the sexy and strong daddy everybody wishes. Harsh, tough, but faithful and fair. He played a lot of other characters on TV. I'm surprised you haven't seen him yet. St Elsewhere, Chicago Hope, Flamingo road for TV shows, but also in movies: he played the serial killer Ted Bundy in 1986, the year he was also voted the sexiest man alive by the magazine People. Or he co-starred in Presidio, with Sean Connery and Meg Ryan.
    NCIS has faithful viewers, because it's like a family, and to be honest you can rewatch it, and sometimes you get some movie reference from Tony you didn't get before, you may laugh again, cry again.
    Try to watch 2 or 3 episodes, you may understand why NCIS gets 17 millions viewers on a rerun.

  2. Hi Velvet! Thanks for the detailed comment on NCIS. You make a strong appeal for the show. I am especially curious now about the family aspect of it. One of these days, if I flip by it on TV, I'll stop and watch. Unless you can recommend a specific episode I should download to get started?

  3. Yep. I would say if you want the most representative aspects of the show, you could go with the 3x04 (silver war) or the 4x06 (halloween episode, how surprising).

    I think other episodes would be great too, but maybe to discover the characters, those two would be good. :)

  4. If you like it, then I would recommend see it from the beginning. To give you an exemple, the last episode of season 2 and the first of season 3 have been reviewed on a new angle in the finale of season 6 and the 1-2-3-4 of season 7. So yes it can be all view in a one shot. But if you like it once you get into it, it's better to see it from the beginning.

  5. Okay Velvet. I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm downloading both episodes right now. Check back with my blog sometime for my review. And thanks for taking the time to recommend the episodes. :)

  6. I will. I thank you for taking the time to discover it, and for answering me also. :)

    Either you like it (I hope so) or not, but maybe it'll help to understand why so many people like it.
    I will check back your blog. :)