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He might not have his own television network, but Mark Harmon does now possess something even Oprah Winfrey cannot lay claim to: the title of Most Popular TV star.

The NCIS actor took the top spot in a new Harris Poll, rising from last year's ranking of number-eight. In the process, Harmon overtook Oprah, who fell into a tie for second with Hugh Laurie (House).

Rule 51

A look at the top 10 most popular stars:

  1. Mark Harmon
  2. Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Laurie (Tie)
  3. Conan O’Brien
  4. Jon Stewart and Charlie Sheen (Tie)
  5. Ellen DeGeneres
  6. Bill O’Reilly
  7. David Letterman
  8. Steve Carell

Jay Leno and Glenn Beck, who were included in the top 10 last year, dropped off the list.

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the silver fox rules !

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i tthink the most popular stars should be Robert Pattinson and
Kristen Stewart.

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NCIS is the only thing I watch. I can watch them over and over. Never get tired of the repeats. I love all the actors. Their all great. I hope they never cancel this show.

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who doesnt like gibbs he deserves it who else can keep tony in line,we where born in the same year 1951.

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I`m happy Mark (Gibbs) is # 1 tv star. I`m shocked that Pauley (Abby) didn`t make it. Abby is so cool but anyways it shows award don`t count that Mark (Gibbs) still wins from us fans. nobody messes with Gibbs

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Watching NCIS is the highlight of my week. Gibbs gives me the ability to have my young life back with a crush....Thanks for the smiles.

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dont ever mess with gibbs ever

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If not for NCIS and Mark Harmon as Gibbs l wood not even watch T.V.

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Love Abby - she is just so cool - so smart in every aspect of forensic sciences - and well, she just makes the show.

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Gibbs is the man! Find it hard to believe that Mark Harmon hasn't been nominated for an Emmy or Golden Globe! What's up with that???