By Wayne Harada
Steve McGarrett tripped down a perilous cliff and suffered a broken arm, in last night’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
That wasn’t the only thing that took a bad dip.
CBS’ ratings plunged, as the Island-filmed procedural drama dropped its usual double-digit score, attracting 9.1 million viewers with an average of 2.4 million in the 18-49 demographics. That’s a season low!
Over-all, it was a bad night for the network as every one of its primetime shows preceding “Five-0” also took a hit —“How I Met Your Mother” (6.8 million, 2.7), “Mad Love” (5.4 million, 1.9), and “Mike and Molly” (7.9 million, 2.5).
That put the network in third place.
ABC was first, with 17.8 million viewers, and a 3.9 demo rating; the network’s “Dancing With the Stars” pulled in 20.4 million, 4.3 demo. “Five-0’s” competitor “Castle” on ABC drew 12.6 million, 3.1 demo.
Fox was second, with 7.6 and 2.5.
So why the “Five-0” ratings drop?
• Last night’s episode, themed “Ma Ke Kahakai,” was chock full of gorgeous scenery in the opening moments, when McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) discovered an unidentified body; the show also had a smidgin of Island music, but perhaps was too heavy on the back story of Chin Ho Kelly’s (Daniel Dae Kim) past on why he left the police force. OK, this dark corner of Chin and his uncle about an unsettling familial crime, took quite bit of time to unravel.
• McGarrett took a back seat — well, he had a bum arm, remember — so the expected exchange of rants with Danno Williams (Scott Caan)? None.
• Too many preemptions and reruns the past few weeks, possibly subduing the ratings momentum. Remember basketball a week ago?