We previously reported that NCIS’ Abby (Pauley Perrette) is dropping by their Los Angeles counterpart NCIS: LA in what some fans think is move to sort of convince more of the original’s 20 million average viewers to sample the spin-off, which is by no means doing shabby for a rookie show with some 18 million viewers.

One of the stars of NCIS: Los Angeles said he was not at all surprised with how his show is doing very well in the ratings, and it’s all because of the NCIS name.

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“After we did those two episodes last year, people obviously saw me in it and I was overwhelmed all summer by all the people who kept coming up to me and saying, ‘I love that show. It’s the only show I never miss,” said Chris O’Donnell. “We’ve been very fortunate benefactors of being in a time slot right behind them and also to be given the original framework of the original show.”

NCIS: Los Angeles, which was introduced toward the end of NCIS last season, also stars LL Cool J. Some fans of the original NCIS show, however, show little to no intention of watching its spin-off. CBS bigwig Nina Tassler attributes this to the interaction between the team members.

“They have this bond that is unbreakable. They’re always there for each other no matter if it’s good, bad, happy or sad.”

– Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Los Angeles Times
(Image courtesy of Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Glenn Diaz

Staff Writer, BuddyTV