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Hooray! Best season ratings so far, for 'Hawaii Five-0'

November 15th, 2011

Without ABC’s “Castle” opposite CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” Monday (Nov. 14) night, the Island-filmed show earned its best ratings (11.47 million viewers, 7.3/12 in demos) so far this season and led in the demos, too — part of a CBS evening sweep.
“Castle” was pre-empted, with a “20-20” special.
This enabled viewers to choose “Five-0” in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), resulting in a zesty numbers boost: first in adults 25-54 (4.2/10) and tied for first with ABC in adults in the coveted 18-49 (3.3/08) — the best postings since the second season premiere on Sept. 19, and the best adults 18-34 rating since Oct. 17.
The episode, “Ike Maka,” was slick and swift, like the hot rods displayed, and even the bantering between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) was crisper, charming, and natural — witness the opening scene, when Danno (co-habiting with McG, temporarily) has the TV going full blast, interrupting McG’s sleep.
The plot — murder, plastic surgery, chases, hot wheels — was perhaps the second season’s tightest, with enough slack to allow Max Bergman (Masi Oka) and Lori Weston (Lauren German) to strut as iconic “Grease” figures Danny (leather jacket) and Sandy (blonde wig, snug black outfit), respectively, before the end credits.
CBS’ comedy staples — “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike and Molly” — dominated the demos and the viewership, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings.
So with ratings up, enthusiasm must be soaring, too — particularly since this is the November sweeps ratings period.
Let’s hope the “Five-0” spirit mounts, too.
Any thoughts?

3 Responses to “Hooray! Best season ratings so far, for 'Hawaii Five-0'”

  1. wanda:

    Loved this episode and hope the viewership continues to go up

  2. Rasha Hassanien:

    Hawaii 5.0 Season 2 gives new meanings to crime mystery and entertaining Shows. With such a magnificent script, the natural harmony between the team, and a creative maestro (director), Hawaii 5.0 season 2 is surely going for the lead!!
    Thank you Hawaii 5.0 cast and crew for indulging your fans with such a treat!

  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Try to analyze the numbers of what the increase of viewers was a result of would be interesting and really helpful to the producers of H50 in tweaking the series for the last half of the season. Saying that H50 won the time slot is like saying the UH could beat LSU, only if LSU forfeited the game.

    If H50 has averaged around 10.5 million viewers, it looks as if they only would get around one million more viewers if Castle was not around. What is surprising is that it could not get 2 or 3 million viewers from those who would have watched an NCIS-type show.

    Additionally, the attempts at humour each week are not effective. If anything, it distracts from the story lines and looks like an attempt to emulate the humor in NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. Those series have well defined characters and the humour is not so heavy handed, nor ill timed. Seems like the H50 writers are trying a cookie cutter script for a new series that has yet to establish a following for its characters.

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