By Wayne Harada
While Michael Buble sang yuletide songs on NBC and “Castle” was a rerun on ABC, CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” scored a good Monday (Dec. 10) — ratings-wise, that is.
The Island procedural pulled in 10.4 million viewers (6.7/11 ratings/share), compared to “Castle’s” 5.9 million (3.9/6) and Buble’s 5..75 million (3.8/6), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings.
“Five-0” also was a 2.7 winner for the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), in the key 18 to 49 demos. No. 1 in numbers, No. 1 in demos.
Clearly, however, this was a hollow victory, that doesn’t cover up the thin plot devices and uninspired acting (and guest-actor-casting) in season three.
This latest episode entitled “Huaka’i Kula (Field Trip),” deals with an Aloha Girls troupe (think Brownies), whose expedition into the wild turns into a mayhem of murder, bloodshed and scares. For three show principals, it's a fall from grace.
Then again, in a season where scripts are tired and bland, when double-digit ratings have been scarce, and even diehard fans getting a little agitated by the deteriorating appeal of the show, you cheer when there are positives amid the negatives.
But c’mon, gang, this one was predictable and lame, with ex-SEALSteve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) getting humiliated again for being captured for lack of attention to a gun-toting diamond-stealing no-gooder (Tom Arnold, in a sweaty and manic cameo), Danno (Scott Caan) taking a bullet in the arm, and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) still hanging out and bedding down with her suspicious and should-avoid Yakuza-linked beau (Ian Anthony Dale).
Meanwhile, back at the office, Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) was the lone detective to escape peril. Lucky him.
But give brownie points for acting to Aloha Girls mentor Madeline (Lesley Boone), the little Lucy (Emily Alyn Lind) of her squad who’s held hostage, and little Gracie (Teilor Grubbs) who is, of course, Danno’s little girl.
The show was No. 1 this week. But factor in the competish, and there’s still cause for concern. Diehards should admit this and start believing that this the weakest season, compared to the first two.