Former Roswell resident Pauley Perrette ('NCIS') most popular primetime actor

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed August 8, 2011

"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette, who grew up in Roswell was identified by viewers as television's favorite person in the latest Q Ratings survey.

Perrette, who plays the quirky Abby Sciuto on America's No. 1 scripted show, wasn't the only "NCIS' actor in the top 10. The top seven, according to Entertainment Weekly, are:

1) Perrette

2) Cote de Pablo (Ziva on "NCIS")

3) Jim Parsons (Sheldon "Big Bang Theory")

4) Mark Harmon (Gibbs on "NCIS")

5.) David McCallum (Dr. Donald Mallard on "NCIS")

6) Nathan Fillian (Richard Castle on "Castle")

7) Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo on "NCIS")

In past years, Perrette's popularity was along the lines of Morgan Freeman and Tom Hanks.

Celebrities, companies, TV shows and brands been measured by Q-Scores for years to gauge their popularity and likability. For individuals, this is useful for advertisers who might be interested in using them for endorsements.

I emailed Pauley for a comment and she responded quickly:

But as a student of human behavior as a science, I think it gave me an advantage as an actor.

I watch and learn from everyone,

At all times. :)

[UPDATE at 10 p.m. EST: Earlier, I somehow transposed Norcross with Roswell and identified her as coming from Norcross. I'm probably the first one to ever do that because the two cities aren't terribly close to each other and don't even sound alike.]

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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