By Wayne Harada
Uh-oh, CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” is second in Monday (Sept. 26) night viewership — again! — with ABC’s “Castle” copping the 9 p.m. slot here.
The Island-filmed episode, partially shot on Lanai, attracted an audience of 11.388 million and a 3.3/8 rating/share for the coveted 18 to 49 demographics.
Meanwhile, “Castle,” its prime competitor, won the slot with 12.646 million viewers, with a 3.1/7 rating/share among viewers 18 to 49.
Is this cause to worry? Probably not; there’s time for “Five-0” to ramp up and build numbers and improve scripts. It's a narrow gap that can be filled.
But something has to be done, to avoid weakening and fallout in the network's sophomore season. Like curtail and minimize a clutter of new characters.
And — could happen — replace a principal character in the ensuing weeks. Might not only re-energize the storytelling for producers and actors but reinvigorate viewers who sill have the faith and loyalty to tune in.
Something to think about. You gotta admit, however; there’s trouble in paradise.
The loser of that pre-news hour was NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” with 3.767 million viewers and a of 1.3/3 among 18 to 49. This could lead to cancellation, sooner rather than later.
Prelim figures indicate that CBS won the night for the coveted 18 to 49 crowd, though overall, ABC had more viewers.
Also worth mentioning:
• “Mike and Molly,” at 8:30 p.m., might prove to be a good lead-in for “Five-0.” It drew 13.981 million viewers, its best ever, with a 4.9/11 in 18 to 49. Melissa McCarthy’s fresh Emmy win didn’t hurt.
• CBS’s Monday comedy shows are faring well: at 7 p.m.,“How I Met Your Mother” is on a hot streak, with 10.556 million and 4.4/12 in 18 to 49, maintaining its premiere-week pace; at 7:30 p.m., “2 Broke Girls,” with 11.576 million viewers and 4.5/11 in 18 to 49, could create 2 Rich Girls; at 8 p.m., “Two and a Half Men,” though down nearly 30 percent in viewership since its highly anticipated debut last week with Aston Kutcher replacing the self-imploded Charlie Sheen, still found a winning sheen with 20.031 million viewers and 7.2/17 in 18 to 49; it also must have spurred viewers to stay and watch “Mike and Molly.”
• ABC’S “Dancing With the Stars,” at 7 p.m., sank 18 percent from premiere week, attracting a disappointing (for the series) 15.756 million and 3.3/8 in 18 to 49; could be the runaway horse now merely is trotting, with stars that don’t have the wallop to lure audiences. Still, this put the network in the winner’s circle, albeit with a tarnishing crown.
• Fox’s Steven Spielberg epic, “Terra Nova,” which early on considered Hawaii as a filming location but ultimately went to Australia, must be a major disappointment for the network, with its paltry (for a high-tech, movie-quality bells-and-whistles Spielberg dinosaur-featured product). For its two-hour premiere, it drew 9.091 million viewers with a 3.0/8 in 18 to 49.
• NBC’S “The Sing-Off,” at 7 p.m., also is slipping, with 4.990 million viewers and 1.7/5 in 18 to 49.
• CW’s new “Hart of Dixie,” at 8 p.m., managed a 1.705 million viewership, with 0.7/2 in 18 to 49.
Back to the immediate woes of "Five-0" and its slippery ratings.
What would you do? Who should go? Do you like the slew of new faces and players?
Would you like — finally — a bona fide Islander in an upgrade principal role?
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