By Wayne Harada
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.