Why is NCIS of all shows the highest-rated scripted drama on television?
I read today that NCIS, of all shows, has been the highest-rated scripted drama on television for something like the past eight years.
I just don't get it! I mean, it's not that the show is terrible . . . but it IS bland, repetitive, sanitized and feels like a pretty generic police procedural.
Sure, I get that not everyone has cable and that has something to do with the show's success, but that certainly can't account for the fact that during Breaking Bad's highest-rated season it pulled in about 4.3 million viewers per episode, while during NCIS's highest-rated season it pulled in about 21 million viewers.
I mean, I think that even on the non-cable networks there are much better shows, so it's not just a network TV vs cable thing.
So what is it? Why does this show perform so well? For those of you who are fans, what is it that makes you keep tuning in week after week?