By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” is having a merry Christmas in the weekly TV ratings.
Last week, it topped the Monday 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) numbers with not-so-threatening competition.
This week (Dec. 17), the CBS series did a hana hou – outdrawing the weak rivals that included a “Castle” rerun on ABC, its prime threat.
So it’s a joyful, triumphant time, with the faithful aboard to cheer the tidings of the season.
The episode, “Kahu,” had a Christmas theme and even a makeshift Santa, with “Five-0” pulling in 10.29 million viewers, compared to 5.4 million for the repeat of “Castle” and 4.51 million for NBC’s “Take It All.” NBC has tabled “Revolution” till next year, which gives “Five-0” a chance to breathe, reconnoiter, recoil.
But again, it was a case of victory without real challengers. Reruns, after all, normally attract fewer diehards who seek out other fare, possibly on cable. Or maybe folks were deep into Christmas shopping and putting the tube on the burner.
No matter, a win is a win, and at least “Five-0” logged a double-digit million figure.
Even the 18 to 49 demo, at 2.4, was won by “Five-0,” though the tally was down a skosh from a week again.
Yes, it’s still a win.
In this week’s episode, a boy in trouble revs up Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and George Takei shows up in a star trek of sorts, playing an uncle from the past, along with more recurring characters than necessary in a script light on intrigue and heavy on fatigue. The revelation: the “Five-0” ohana continues to grow.
The holidays, after all, is a time for reflection, a time for celebration, a time for family.
So: party now. Worry later.
Expect reruns the next few weeks, which means ratings will take a traditional dip.
Then the real work and the riveting issues return. How to find the old magic of restoring the sagging ratings and reputation of the series? How to galvanize the polish the reputation of our home-brewed series.
Or does anybody care much anymore outside the hard core fanship?