New Q ratings come out a couple times a year, and the survey — which gauges how well-liked and memorable an actor is by the viewing audience — is always a terrifying connection to the part of America that gorges on CBS’s lineup of crime procedurals. The last time we talked Q ratings, we learned that the only actress in Hollywood with the same appeal as Tom Hanks is Pauley Perrette of “NCIS.”
This go-round, Perrette is the most popular actor on primetime television, and “NCIS” actors occupy five of the top seven spots. Only Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) could crack “NCIS’s” turf.
So who’s after No. 1? Next up is Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva on the CBS drama. No. 4 is NCIS lead Mark Harmon, No. 5 is David McCallum (Dr. Donald Mallard), and No. 7 is Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, aka Michael Weatherly.
Q ratings come in handy when networks want to gauge whether an actor is worth the time (and money) to cast and/or keep on the payroll. [EW]
Guhhhh. Let me translate that last sentence for you. “Q ratings come in handy when networks abandon artistic vision and cobble together shows from the opinions of focus groups.” Hollywood is the worst.