Harris Poll Finds NCIS is America's Favorite Current TV Show

Second Favorite is The Big Bang Theory and Third Favorite is The Walking Dead

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Harris Poll Finds NCIS is America's Favorite Current TV Show

New York , N.Y. - February 10, 2015 - As February nears its midpoint, many of America's top television shows have returned from hiatus and are back on the air with fresh episodes. But as we all start tuning back into our stories, what are the ones we're most excited to have back? It's easy enough to find out which shows are watched by the most people - but which are the most loved? As it turns out, popularity and passion follow similar trends as most of the top 10 for Americans' favorite current TV shows are also among those most watched overall, starting with NCIS, featuring America's second-favorite TV personality, Mark Harmon. NCIS finds itself in a distant first place, followed by the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (whose cast includes Jim Parsons, another of Americans' top ten favorite TV personalities) in a strong second-place finish.

Back this past weekend from a midseason break, zombie drama (Zo-rama? Drambie?) The Walking Dead is alive and well in Americans' hearts, scoring the No.3 spot, followed by political thriller Scandal at No. 4 and fantasy epic Game of Thrones at No. 5.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,232 U.S. adults surveyed online, in English, between January 14 and 20, 2015.

The remainder of the top 10 list represents a mix of genres:

· Two more procedurals round out the top 10, with Blue Bloods (featuring a third top-ten finisher in our annual Favorite TV Personality poll, Tom Selleck) in the No. 9 spot and Criminal Minds coming in at No. 10.

Three's Company

Top three, that is. Breaking out the top three favorite current shows, most groups of Americans report the same three names: NCIS (most often the No. 1 pick) The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead.

Note - While The Harris Poll is owned by Nielsen, it should be noted that the methodology utilized for this Harris Poll is independent and distinct from the methodology employed for the delivery Nielsen's television ratings.

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TABLE 1

FAVORITE CURRENT TV SHOW

What is your favorite current TV show?

Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

Total

NCIS

1

The Big Bang Theory

2

The Walking Dead

3

Scandal

4

Game of Thrones

5

The Good Wife

=6

The Blacklist

=6

Modern Family

8

Blue Bloods

9

Criminal Minds

10

= prior to a number indicates a tie

 

TABLE 2

TOP THREE SHOWS AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS

Group

FIRST CHOICE

SECOND CHOICE

THIRD CHOICE

Men

NCIS

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

Women

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

Scandal

East

NCIS

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

Midwest

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

South

NCIS

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

West

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

Urban

The Walking Dead

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

Suburban

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

Rural

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

Millennials (18-37)

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

NCIS

Gen X (38-49)

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

NCIS

Baby Boomers (50-68)

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Blacklist

Matures (69+)

NCIS

Blue Bloods

The Good Wife

Conservatives

NCIS

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

Moderates

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

Liberals

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

NCIS

Children in HH

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

NCIS

No children in HH

NCIS

The Big Bang Theory

The Walking Dead

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between January 14 and 20, 2015 among 2,232 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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The Harris Poll® #10, February 10, 2015

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll

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