By Wayne Harada
The trick was on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night (Nov. 5), when the CBS show posted its lowest-ever ratings without much treats. It was a Halloween episode delayed from the previous week because of Superstorm Sandy (which preempted the screening as the networks went live with storm coverage) and the devastating numbers certainly should propel some producer-level huddling on how best to up the viewership.
“Five-0” again was beaten by ABC’s “Castle,” and the spoiler clearly is NBC’s “Revolution,” which has been stealing some viewers from CBS’ sliver of the pie.
As story lines go, Monday’s show somewhat shelved the bromance between McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan), and presented instead a round of romantic quibbles between McG and his newly-restored relationship with Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth). Oh, there were hugs and kisses and playful charm, but there was friction, too. And you thought Mama McG (Christine Lahti) was going to be the one to irritate McG? Hmmmm. ...
“Castle” amassed 10.1 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 7.7 million viewers and “Revolution’s” 7.35 million.
“Revolution” has been building a loyal audience in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) hour, and was the leader in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics with a 2.9 rating, despite its third place ranking in numbers. The NBC show also has been one of this season’s highly regarded dramas in the slot, following two previous seasons where the Peacock network struggled to produce a “player” to compete with “Five-0” and “Castle.”
In the end, there was not a whole lot to cheer about, though ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars’ All Stars” (non-elimination episode) and NBC’s “The Voice” in the Monday night reality block at 7 and 8 p.m. (8 and 9 p.m. Mainland) led in viewership. ABC had 12.3 million and NBC 10.7 million, compared to CBS’ 7.6 million.