Why ‘NCIS’ Star Brian Dietzen Loves Hearing Feedback from Fans on Social Media

by Samantha Whidden
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He has starred on NCIS since 2004, and Brian Dietzen admits he loves hearing the feedback from fans of the crime investigation series on social media.

During a 2019 interview with Starry Mag, the NCIS star said that he believes social media feedback is actually important for the show.

“Television is a fan-based industry, for sure. We’re nothing without our fans. If people don’t tune in, then we’re back looking at the want ads.”

Dietzen further explains that if NCIS is trending, people are talking about it. “[If] they are saying they [are] loving it, then we’re heading in the right direction. This boat is going down the right path.”

The NCIS castmate does acknowledge when there’s criticism among fans as well.

“If people say, ‘That didn’t connect with me at all,’ and you see that continually then, cool. Maybe next time we don’t make those same mistakes as a performer, writer, and show creators.”

Dietzen goes on to add that the social media feedback provides an “awesome window” into what the NCIS fan universe is thinking. “Obviously, you can go down some rabbit holes and get stuck a little bit if you go down it too much. I think if you look at the broad consensus and really listen to that, it’s a great way to see what people are really thinking of your show.”

When asked what he would say to everyone who supports NCIS, Dietzen shared, “I think if it weren’t for those people watching that show, I wouldn’t have a job. I wouldn’t have this opportunity. The biggest thing I would say is thank you to all the people who are watching continually and faithfully each week.”

Dietzen concluded that he hopes he and the rest of the cast will keep impressing folks.

“I know how rare it is to have what it is I have and what we’ve built. And I’m never going to go a day without having some real gratitude for that.”

Brian Dietzen Reveals Why He Thinks ‘NCIS’ Continues to Be a Fan Favorite 

While still chatting with Starry Mag, Brian Dietzen shares why he believes NCIS has continued to be a fan favorite over the years. “I think it’s the characters that make it that. That’s not to pat the back of the actors or anything like that. There’s a ton of people that go into making these characters who they are.”

Dietzen gives NCIS writers and creators credit for writing the scripts each week as well as creating the characters.

“You see that they care for one another. They have one another’s back. And I think that’s something people will like to see. Especially in this era of news coverage 24 hours a day.”