By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS) managed to eke out a second place finish Monday (Nov. 12), behind time slot leader “Castle” (ABC). But upstart “Revolution” (NBC), though third, was the 18-to-49 demographics leader (2.6).
So the off-camera drama still is a major concern for the “H50” viewership.
Preliminary Nielsen figures show that “Castle” had 10.7 million viewers, trailed by “H50” with 7.7 million viewers and “Revolution” with 7.1 million.
Ratings are uncomfortably see-sawing as producers and writers grapple with the problem of scripts. Too many character backstories? Too many new regular characters? Too few plot developments encircling the main four?
Well, Monday’s episode — entitled “I Ka Wa Mamua,” meaning formerly, or in a time past — was clearly Danno-centric, tracking his New Jersey policing days that, presumably, shaped his personality to the present time.
In the process, there were glimpses of Danno (Scott Caan) interacting with daughter Grace (Teillor Gibbs), foot chases in downtown Honolulu with Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), reflections about his former partner in crimefighting Grace (Sidneyh Tamiia Poitier,), the inspiration for naming his own daughter Grace, reminiscences of the 9/11 tragedy, encounters with hoods played by Terrence Howard and real-life rapper T.I.
From the perspective of a former Advertiser reporter, it was nice to see the ol’ News Building press building, grubby with ink and puke-green hollow tile walls, again receiving screen time as a gloomy site where interrogation of suspects is held. Or in the case of Danno, the room where he is queried and beaten.
The ratings struggle — with viewership below the 10 million turnstyle — surely is a nagging issue among the show execs. The last time “H50” had numbers to cheer about, it was during the season two finale, when 11.42 million tuned in. Talk about the titular "in times past" — book ‘em, Danno.
This year, the show has been underperforming, with the first show pulling in 8.06 million, the second 7.95 million, the third 8.39 million, the fourth 8.70, the fifth 7.53 million — the lowest ever. The show posting the largest viewership, 14.20 million, was the pilot episode in September, 2010.
Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) was the evening’s most watched show, with “The Voice” (NBC) dropping a bit but leading among adults 18-to-49. CBS has a slate of sit-coms in the earlier primetime.
It’s somewhat of an indication that reality shows as lead-ins are better than comedies, at least for the 9 p.m. (10 p.m.) slot on Mondays.