Pauley Perrette Rated Most Popular Star in Primetime

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She plays a supporting role on a CBS procedural, but it's an indispensable one, according to a survey finding that the most popular star in primetime is NCIS’ Pauley Perrette.

According to the latest Q Ratings, a survey taken a few times a year to judge who are the most popular stars, based on audience awareness, Perrette takes the top spot for her portrayal of eccentric, over-caffeinated, lovable forensic wiz Abby Scuito.

To fans of TV's #1 drama, this won't come as a surprise.

Miss Scuito

Q ratings are analyzed by networks when as they attempt to gauge whether an actor is worth the time (and money) to keep on the payroll. Essentially, based on these and the Nielsen numbers, expect NCIS Season 9 to be about the midway point for the series.

Other actors scoring highly in the most recent findings were Nathan Fillion of Castle, Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and NCIS' lead himself, Mark Harmon.

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I love the entire cast, they seen to work so very well together. But, Pauley is especially wonderful.
I see Sasha alexander on her show Rizzoli & Iles and she her talking to the dead and see Dr Mallard's influence


May I just mention - The differences noted here between the one Michael and the other Michael - like night and day!!! Michael is a very common name yes ?


Season 9 spoilers That's not the only news out about the new season of NCIS. It has already been revealed that Lily Tomlin will be guest starring as McGee's grandmother Penelope and that Abby will be getting a backstory finally after all this time. However, now there's more information about Abby this season. She "will learn an impactful secret about her past." It sounds like this could be what sets up some flashbacks for Abby and leads to her backstory episode. Meanwhile, there's some scoop about the other female series regular: Cote de Pablo's Ziva David. TVGuide has revealed, "a previously unseen old friend of Ziva's will surface." Could this have anything to do with the text that Ray received at the end of the eighth season about Kort being in Tel Aviv? Will Ziva and Ray's relationship last through the season, or will they have ended things by the time the new season premieres?


it is a insult to god because its basic saying God love American over all the other country and he doesn't he love the world


I love All the cast of NCIS. I watch very little tv. Don't like most of it. Most is junk. I don't like to miss this show at all. They all work so well together. I think it would be cute for Abby an Tim to have things heat up between them. I agree with Margeret, God Bless America. Micheal, the insult to God is to NOT give him the credit he deserves. Our country was founded on God and he has greatly blessed us. Now people are trying to take him out of everything we stand for and what our founding fathers set up. So look at what is happening to our country. We stop giving God the glory and praise, and he stops blessing us and protecting us. I proudly say God Bless America, and the men and women that are fighting to protect our freedom and our rights. Bless their families, as they are the support our soldiers need.


you know saying God bless American is a insult to god


And since this was about Pauley I guess I better say something about her. I love you. I think you are the greatest. I like the way you keep everybody in their place, even Gibb. The show is the greatest and every body compliments each other.


I love NCIS. My dad was in the navy and I married a sailor. My whole family was in the military. But that was YEARS ago. But God Bless America, Thank you young men and women for being there to protect our country. God bless the older ones who have the ability and a training to give them what they need. We keep the American Flag Flying on our front Door. Keep up the good work.


I just love Abby, Pauley plays Abby's role great, I love Mark Harmon he is very good as Gibbs, and of course, Cote as Ziva good actress and Tony is Tony love him too and of course Tim, he's not given much credit but Sean is very good as Tim, I really feel that him and Abby have a real connection, Abby likes him more than she lets on, but I think you can see that Tim does care for her. and she looks at Gibbs as a dad, the whole group is like a family a good team!! LOVE NCIS


shes just the coolest woman ever!!

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McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.