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NCIS Seasons and Episodes Poll Results (2007)

Roughly two weeks ago I ran two NCIS polls to see if there was a consensus concerning favourite seasons and episodes.

The results are pretty much as I expected with few surprises.

(Please note that the figures here will differ slightly from the figures shown on the polls as I needed to correct a couple of minor discrepancies in the voting. I have also rounded the figures, so the percentages may add up to slightly more (or less) than one hundred.)

For anyone who is interested in comparing these results to last year's (even though far fewer people took the poll last year than this) the results can be found by following this link: 2006 Results.



SEASONS (76 people took this poll)

Which season of NCIS do you consider to be the best thus far?

Season Two -  30 (39.5%)
Season Three - 21 (27.6%)
Season One - 09 (11.8%)
Season Four - 09 (11.8%)

None - I like them all equally - 00 (0.0%)
I haven't seen all four seasons yet - 07 (9.2%)

Although I fully expected (given discussions, LJ posts, last year's poll results, etc. etc.) Season Two to be the overall favourite, I was surprised by how relatively close Season Three was, certainly when compared to last year's results, where although it was still in second place as favourite, the margin was much greater.



Which season of NCIS do you consider to be the second best thus far?

Season One - 24 (31.6%)
Season Two - 19 (25.0%)
Season Three - 13 (17.1%)
Season Four - 13 (17.1%)

None - I like them all equally - 00 (0.0%)
I haven't seen all four seasons yet - 07 (9.2%)

Again, based on discussions, posts, comments and last year's results, the fact that Season One is considered overall to be the second best season does not surprise me. Nor does it surprise me that Season Two in second place for second best season overall.



Which season of NCIS do you consider to be the third best thus far?

Season One - 24 (31.6%)
Season Three - 18 (23.7%)
Season Two - 14 (18.4%)
Season Four - 11 (14.5%)

None - I like them all equally - 02 (2.6%)
I haven't seen all four seasons yet -  07 (9.2%)

The fact that Season One was considered to be the third best season overall, did make me blink, if only for the fact that it had also topped the list for second best season overall. And what's more, has exactly the same number of people opting for it.

I am assuming that the two people who opted for 'none - I like them all equally' are in fact saying 'whereas I have a clear choice for my favourite and second favourite seasons, when it comes to the remaining seasons I like them the same. With hindsight (a wonderful tool) not to mention J's input I realise that I could have made this option a little clearer (and shall be doing so for the 2008 poll *g*).



Which season of NCIS do you consider to be the worst thus far?

Season Four - 35 (46.1%)
Season Three - 14 (21.1%)
Season One - 10 (13.2%)
Season Two - 06 (7.9%)

None - I like them all equally - 02 (2.6%)
I haven't seen all four seasons yet -  07 (9.2%)

The fact that Season Four is considered the worst (or the least popular) season overall came as no surprise to me. I know, again from discussions, comments, etc. that quite a lot of people who ship pairings rate seasons/episodes on those ships and given that Gibbs/DiNozzo is still considered the main pairing and Season Four was rather lacking in Gibbs/DiNozzo shippiness, I fully expected this season to be considered the least popular. I also expected Season Three to take second place in this part of the poll, which it did.

Again, I am assuming that the two people who opted for 'none - I like them all equally' are in fact saying 'whereas I have a clear choice for my favourite and second favourite seasons, when it comes to the remaining seasons I like them the same.



If you answered 'I haven't seen all four seasons yet', which season, of those you have seen, do you consider to be the best? (Seven people answered this part of the poll)

Season Three - 3 (42.6%)
Season Two - 2  (28.6%)
Season One - 0 (0.0%)
Season Four - 0 (0.0%)

None - I like them all equally - 2 (28.6%)



If you answered 'I haven't seen all four seasons yet', which season, of those you have seen, do you consider to be the worst?

Season Four - 3 (42.6%)
Season One -1 (14.3%)
Season Three - 1 (14.4%)
Season Two - 0 (0.0%)

None - I like them all equally - 2 (28.6%)

And the seasons these seven people have seen are broken down as follows:

Season Three - 5
Season Four - 5
Season One - 4
Season Two - 3

Although this small part of the poll shows that Season Three was considered to be the best season out of those the people had watched and Season Four the worst, these two seasons were also the one that had been viewed by the greatest number of people (albeit all season were very close) and of the seven, three had only seen Seasons Three and Four.



In summary, the above seems to show that overall Seasons One & Two are generally considered to be better than Seasons Three & Four. And the overall order is:

1st. Two
2nd. One
3rd. Three
4th. Four

Which ties in with the order of 'worst season thus far'.







EPISODES

For some reason far fewer people opted to vote in the episode poll than in the seasons poll.

What is your favourite Season One episode? 58 people voted for their favourite episode in this this season. Of the 23 episodes 12 received votes (thus 11 received no votes).

1st Bête Noire - 20 (34.5%)
2nd Yankee White - 7 (12.1%)
3rd Sub Rosa - 5 (8.6%)
=4th Missing - 4 (6.9%)
=4th Reveille - 4 (6.9%)
6th One Shot One Kill - 3 (5.2%)
7th My Other Left Foot - 2 (3.4%)
=8th A Weak Link - 1 (1.7%)
=8th Dead Man Talking - 1 (1.7%)
=8th Marine Down - 1 (1.7%)
=8th Seadog - 1 (1.7%)
=8th The Immortals - 1 (1.7%)

I don't have a favourite - I like them all the same - 5 (8.6%)
I haven't seen all the episodes in this season yet - 3 (5.2%)



What is your favourite Season Two episode? 60 people voted for their favourite episode in this season. Of the 23 episodes 10 received votes (thus 13 received no votes).

1st SWAK - 20 (33.3%)
2nd Twilight - 8 (13.3%)
3rd The Meat Puzzle - 7 (11.7%)
=4th Call Of Silence - 4 (6.7%)
=4th Chained - 4 (6.7%)
=4th Lt. Jane Doe - 4 (6.7%)
7th Red Cell - 3 (5.0%)
8th Doppelgänger - 2 (3.3%)
=9th Hometown Hero - 1 (1.7%)
=9th See No Evil - 1 (1.7%)

I don't have a favourite - I like them all the same - 3 (5.0%)
I haven't seen all the episodes in this season yet - 3 (5.0%)



What is your favourite Season Three episode? 60 people voted for their favourite episode in this season. Of the 22 (Kill Ari & Hiatus counted as one episode for the purposes of this poll) episodes 18 received votes (thus only 4 received no votes).

1st Under Covers - 11 (18.3%)
2nd Frame-Up - 10 (16.7%)
3rd Bloodbath - 7 (11.7%)
4th Kill Ari (Part 1 & 2) - 6 (10.0%)
5th Hiatus (Part 1 & 2) - 3 (5.0%)
=6h Bait - 2 (3.3%)
=6th Head Case - 2 (3.3%)
=6th Honor Code - 2 (3.3%)
=6th Jeopardy - 2 (3.3%)
=6th Untouchable - 2 (3.3%)
=11th Boxed In - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Deception - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Family Secret - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Iced - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Light Sleeper - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Mind Games - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Model Behavior - 1 (1.7%)
=11th Ravenous - 1 (1.7%)

I don't have a favourite - I like them all the same - 4 (6.7%)
I haven't seen all the episodes in this season yet - 1 (1.7%)



What is your favourite Season Four episode?  60 people voted for their favourite episode in this season. Of the 24 episodes 16 received votes (thus 8 received no votes).

=1st Smoked - 8 (13.8%)
=1st Witch Hunt - 8 (13.8%)

3rd Shalom - 7 (12.1%)
4th Grace Period - 5 (8.6%)
5th Twisted Sister - 4 (6.9%)
=6th Blowback - 3 (5.2%)
=6th Driven - 3 (5.2%)
=8th Sandblast - 2 (3.4%)
=9th Angel Of Death - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Brothers In Arms - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Cover Story - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Dead And Unburied - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Dead Man Walking - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Iceman - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Singled Out - 1 (1.7%)
=9th Trojan Horse - 1 (1.7%)

I don't have a favourite - I like them all the same - 7 (12.1%)
I haven't seen all the episodes in this season yet - 3 (5.2%)



I believe (again supported by things I have read, discussed, etc.) that favourite character/ship is likely to play a part when it comes to selecting favourite episode, and from my background knowledge I believe this is, certainly to an extent, supported by the above results.

What I find to be of particular interest is that whilst in Seasons One and Two there is a clear choice of favourite episode, this is not so in Seasons Three and Four. Also, a greater number of episodes in Seasons Three and Four were selected as 'favourite' than in One and Two and a much greater number of episodes in both Seasons Three and Four received only one vote. (In Season One, five episodes received one vote; in Season Two, two episodes received one vote; in Season Three, eight episodes received one vote; in Season Four eight episodes received one vote).

This implies that Seasons Three and Four were maybe more 'uniform' as far as the episodes go, and depending on how you view the various seasons, this can be seen as both a positive and a negative thing.

For example:

1. That Seasons Three & Four were so good it was impossible to choose just one favourite episode, whereas Seasons One & Two were more 'bitty', i.e. there were fewer really good episodes.

2. That Seasons Three & Four were weaker and less memorable than Seasons One & Two and there were no really outstanding episodes, thus it was difficult to choose a favourite.

There definitely seems to be a 'divide' between Seasons One & Two and Three & Four, which does seem to be borne out by the results of the polls. Putting aside cast change, which will naturally have affected some people both in favour of the change and opposed to the change, the whole overall feel between the two 'halves' is different. I think this is true as far as ships and non-ships go.




Thank you to everyone who took the polls, I really appreciate it and I certainly found the results interesting.
Tags: fandom: ncis, ncis: seasons, polls
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