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Did tats and skin win it for ‘Hawaii Five-0’?

October 25th, 2011

After trailing the competish in its second season on air, CBS’ ''Hawaii Five-0'' finally got its game back with its battle with ABC’s “Castle” in preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings figures.
Was it the tats and the shirtless Alex McLoughlin as Steve McGarrett, in a storyline involving fisticuffs in the chain-link cage, or did the boost in viewership come with Daniela Ruah from “NCIS: Los Angeles,” guest-starring in a cameo appearance?
Or: are the scripts improving?
No matter; “Five-0” pulled a 3.8/10 rating and share, in the 18-to-49 demos, and 11.02 million viewers, good for sixth place for the night. “Castle” was 2.5/6 in 18-to-49 demos, and 11.1 million viewers, in eighth place.
It was a big night for CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” with 15.5 million and 5.6/13 in demos, at No. 1, followed by three other CBS shows: “2 Broke Girls,” 11.5 million with 4.6/11 in demos; “Mike and Molly,” with 12. 7 million viewers, with 4.4/10 in demos; and “How I Met Your Mother,” with 9.9 million and 4.3/12 demos.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” had 17.0 million viewers, the most for the night, but 3.1/8 in demos.
These figures don’t reflect the 7-day playback counts, tallied later in the week.
So was it skin and body etchings pulling in the numbers, or better “Five-0” scripting, or a crossover star?
What say you?

6 Responses to “Did tats and skin win it for ‘Hawaii Five-0’?”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    The script was better last night, but the best fight scene was between Terry O'Quinn and Mark Dacacos. Good to see an old man take a beating and keep on ticking.

    I was hoping that with APEC coming into town, the writers could work some of the footage into a future show. Lots of free footage of foreign security agents afoot in Waikiki, with all the Hawaii and US security teams wandering around as well. Gee, just have Mark Dacacos walking on the sidewalk outside the Wailana Coffee Shop as the motorcades drive by is great footage for a storyline.

    My friend emailed me and said that Pres. Obama's taping this morning (8am PDT) for tonight's Jay Leno show was wild and security was really tight. The audience was invitation only and was wildly supportive of the Pres. Obama flew out of Burbank Airport to avoid traffic on Marine One and had 3 instead of 2 decoy copters. Yesterday, the Obama motorcade made an unexpected stop at a chicken and waffles place in a African-American neighborhood and the crowds went nuts, along with his security detail.

  2. Mark Bradley:

    Aloha. I agree that the script was far more engaging last night than all of the previous episodes combined.

    I hope this is a positive turning point.

    Mark Kazuo Bradley

  3. theDman:

    Did not get to watch last night's epi, but I am glad that it appeared to be better...that's two in a row now...

  4. Manoa_Fisherman:

    I must clarify the Leno appearance by Pres. Obama, it was not an "invitation only" event so the regular folks standing in line were also admitted. Staff of the Tonight Show were given tickets for their family members to attend. Also, the unannounced stop at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles was memorable and there is some videos on the web that documented it, already.

  5. Manoa Mist:

    Yes I thought last night's script was better as well. I guess the bottom line we all gotta realize is that Hawaii Five O is more like CSI Honolulu than the old Hawaii Five O. Again, I wish the show the best.

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