Rain’s a pain for Monday primetime

February 28th, 2012
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The rain was a pain for Monday (Feb. 27) night TV. Translation: Heavy downpours delayed Fox’s telecast of the Daytona 500 till nighttime, canceling normal programming, and thereby affecting “normal” viewership on NBC, CBS and ABC — with most shows suffering a dip in ratings and viewership.
Daytona challenged NBC’s “The Voice,” down 10 percent last week, but “The Voice” pulled in 14.76 million viewers nonetheless (vs. 14.23 million for Daytona), which means it’s still very much in the race. And surprisingly, NBC’s “Smash” later in the night improved a tenth.
CBS was also down across the board, with most shows suffering season-low figures; the victims included “Mike & Molly,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Two and a Half Men,” “2 Broke Girls” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
But ABC had some small bright upticks in “The Bachelor” and “Castle.”
We follow the tides of “Five-0,” our homegrown show, which featured a highly-touted James Caan appearance, yielding a father-and-son night for the CBS procedural,
which won its 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), pulling in 9.55 million viewers and a 2.5/6 18 to 49 demo, compared to “Castle’s” 9.06 million and a 2.2/5 18 to 49 demo, according to preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings. It’s still nip and tuck for these two shows.
In the same hour, NBC’s “Smash” drew 6.85 million and a 2.4/6 18 to 49 rating — yes, No. 3, but on an upswing in its fourth week in this time slot.
Back to “Five-0:”
James Caan wasn’t the only “star” guesting in “Lekiō,” “radio” in Hawaiian. Dennis Miller, an actor, stand-up and radio personality, played a pirate radio host who met his demise early on (think: Rick Springfield), leaving ample focus and opportunity for Caan, in the role of Tony Archer, who has a way with words, a frisky persona, a fatherly image (though he didn’t portray pops to sonny boy Scott), and a love for New York pizza.
His presence provided some banter with Scott, and pops was able to “book ‘em,” too, though Danno had his usual exchanges with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). Business as usual, in other words.
The script/plot had far too many characters, some with familial links and runaway kids, with dashes of localism (slippahs, barefeet, Kamekona) to anchor the show. A mixed plate, as usual, but a two-entrée meal would be better enjoyed than too many buffet nibbles. Yes? No?
So one question is: How come the James Caan appearance didn’t make a larger impact on the viewing audience? Do the 18 to 49 demo folks know him? “The Godfather” was a long time ago...
Good to see my friend Jimmy Borges, in a cameo of sorts, but geez, the lighting was bad and his handsome face had a reddish tinge throughout that Chinatown scene.
The rain was a pain for Monday (Feb. 27) night TV. Translation: Heavy rains delayed Fox’s telecast of the Daytona 500 till nighttime, canceling normal programming, and affecting “normal” viewership on NBC, CBS and ABC — all of which suffered a dip in ratings.
Daytona challenged NBC’s “The Voice,” down 10 percent last week, but “The Voice” pulled in 14.76 million nonetheless (vs. 14.23 for Daytona), which means it’s still in the race. And NBC’s “Smash” later in the nigh improved a tenth.
CBS was also down across the board, with most shows suffering season-low figures; the victims included “Mike & Molly,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Two and a Half Men,” “2 Broke Girls” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
But ABC had some small bright upticks in “The Bachelor” and “Castle.”
We follow the tides of “Five-0,” our homegrown show, which featured a highly-toured James Caan appearance, making it a father-and-son night for the CBS procedural,
which won its 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), pulling in 9.55 million viewers and a 2.5/6 18 to 49 demo, compared to “Castle’s” 9.06 million and a 2.2/5 18 to 49 demo, according to preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings.
NBC’s “Smash” drew 6.85 million and a 2.4/6 18 to 49 rating — yes, No. 3, but on an upswing in its fourth week in this time slot.
Back to “Five-0:”
James Caan wasn’t the only “star” guesting in “Lekiō,” “radio” in Hawaiian. Dennis Miller, an actor, stand-up and radio personality, played a pirate radio host who met his demise early on (think: Rick Springfield), leaving ample focus and opportunity for Caan, in the role of Tony Archer, who has a way with words, a frisky persona, a fatherly image (though he didn’t portray pops to sonny boy Scott), and a love for New York pizza.
His presence provided some banter with son Scott, and pops was able to “book ‘em,” too, though Danno had his usual exchanges with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin).
The script/plot had far too many characters, some with familial links and runaway kids, with dashes of localism (slippahs, barefeet) and Kamekona (Taylor Wily) to anchor the show. A mixed plate, as usual, but a two-entrée meal would be better enjoyed than too many buffet nibbles. Yes? No?
Good to see my friend Jimmy Borges, in a cameo of sorts, but geez, the lighting was bad and his handsome face had a reddish tinge throughout that Chinatown scene.

2 Responses to “Rain’s a pain for Monday primetime”

  1. twilight:

    Loved this episode. Was there a crime in there somewhere? Can't remember, but James Caan was a delight, and the episode was such a nice change from the angst and over-the-top backstories to date. Maybe Nascar played a huge role in the ratings decline this week, but some of it could also be the direction of the show most of the season. Viewers, other than loyal islanders, may have found it easy to drift away this season. Hopefully, the show is back after two good episodes.


  2. izulu:

    Not a great episode. My mind kept wandering off from the show, and there strangely seemed to be too much dialogue. Need to re-watch it. I do agree about Jimmy Borges, I had to strain to see him, and there was that strange red tinge that I thought was my television set. Undecided about James Caan. Masi Oki's scenes about the stolen body were fun and different, but I thought the two "body snatchers" were overly dumbed down, especially wearing those ridiculous caps.