Michael Weatherly on 'NCIS' Fame: 'Watch Out, Cheese'
Michael Weatherly on 'NCIS' Fame: 'Watch Out, Cheese'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
We know he's joking, but we also see what he means.

NCIS star Michael Weatherly has joked to the UK Press Association that NCIS is so popular that is has started rivaling cheese.

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"We are, right now, we are challenging cheese for popularity, and cheese is pretty popular - so I don't know, I don't know if we are going to beat cheese or not."

If we'd stretch it further, cheese in this case can also be American Idol, which is so far the only show that has managed to tame NCIS' ratings surge before the Fox juggernaut entered the picture. The last showdown between the two has Idol's Tuesday telecast winning by some 5 million viewers, although NCIS had shown in the past that it can move in even closer.

Weatherly, whose role as Tony remains one of the show's main draws, adds that the sheer number of people who tune in every week doesn't make sense at this point, adding that co-star David McCallum, whose The Man from U.N.C.L.E. role in the 60s is "much bigger" than NCIS, is probably the only guy who can make sense of things.

"It's a great, rewarding experience to be on a show that has, every week, such an extraordinary number of viewers. And I don't think it will really make any sense until later ... We look to [McCallum] for some sage advice, guidance and wisdom."

"So we try not to believe too much of the bad stuff, or the good stuff, and we just make our show everyday," he says, finally.

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