‘NCIS’ Star Sean Murray Says 98 Percent of Fan Experiences are Great: ‘We Have Really Nice Fans’

by Anna Dunn

Some fans can get a little intense, but NCIS star Sean Murray once said that the show has great fans. Since its early years, Murray has played Special Agent Timothy McGee on the show and has done so with great reception.

The actor, just like every other actor on the show, often gets approached by fans while out and about. Most of the time, the interactions go great. In a 2020 interview, he spoke about what it’s like.

“I was talking to someone about this yesterday. 98 percent of my fan experiences, too, have been great… so great. People are wonderful. We have really, really nice fans,” he told Studio 10.

And while it’s fantastic so many fan interactions go well, when they go wrong, they go quite wrong.

Sean Murray’s Co-Star Had To Be Rescued from Central Park

David McCallum, who plays Ducky on the show, usually has great interactions as well. However, one time, it went so wrong that he had to be rescued by police officers in Central Park.

“I was rescued from Central Park by mounted police once,” he told The Scotsman in 2010. “When I went to Macy’s department store, the fans did $25,000 worth of damage, and they had to close Herald Square to get me out. That’s pretty classic, but you just have to deal with it.”

Thankful, the actor still keeps his chin up. In the interview, he recognized that it was all part of his “wonderful, crazy life.”

‘NCIS’ One of the Highest Rated Scripted Dramas in the World

The show’s immense fanbase is best reflected in its incredibly high ratings. The show gives CBS a competitive edge and truly brings a lot of viewers in during a time where a lot of people are ditching network television. However, the show’s ratings may be threatened very soon.

Leading actor Mark Harmon is stepping back from the series. He’ll only appear in a few episodes. Not only that, but NCIS will be moving time slots from its traditionally successful Tuesday night place to a spot on Mondays. Time-slot changes have been known to hurt shows in the past, but CBS President of Entertainment Kelly Kahl feels it’s a move that’ll help the show in the long run.

The reasons for moving the timeslot are two-fold. First, it’s a way that the FBI franchise can air its shows on the same night (Tuesdays). It’ll also allow NCIS to air on the same night as the brand new NCIS: Hawai’i. The move should help get NCIS: Hawai’i off the ground, and it comes with its own benefits. Viewers respond well to nights that are packed with a single franchise.

“This move of NCIS to Monday lets us take a night that was doing OK, but now kind of supercharge it. Dropping the No. 1 scripted show on TV in the middle of a Monday night makes it an extremely strong night,” Kahl told The Hollywood Reporter.

NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i will air on Monday nights this fall on CBS.