By Wayne Harada
CBS — including the island-filmed “Hawaii Five-0” — topped Monday (Feb. 4) viewership, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings numbers. The Eye network was No. 1 with total viewers and adults 18 to 49, the coveted demographics.
Monday, of course, is comedy night for CBS, with “Five-0” (at 9 p.m. here, 10 p.m. Mainland) the lone
procedural in the primetime slate.
Since we focus on the fate of the roller-coaster ride of McGarrett and Company — down some weeks, up another — we must admit that “Hookman,” the lone English-titled episode in the rebooted show’s history, was mostly faithful to the 1973 original in storytelling and action. But the contemporary show’s bromance — in a car pursuit, in examining evidence, in a late-in-the-show shoot-out — was overdone, overloaded and overtly disruptive. Surely, McG (Alex O’Loughlin) and partner Danno Williams (Scott Caan) don’t need to fire bullet-speed arguments every time they’re together.
Perhaps there's a clue here: probe the archives, find episodes with potential and promise, and revive and reboot. “Five-0” led its slot, with 9.63 million viewers, still down from its earlier seasons, logging a 2.3 rating and 6 share for the 18 to 49 demos. ABC’s “Castle” was second, with 8.77 million viewers, a 1.8/5 rating/share; NBC’s “Deception” was third, with 3.12 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share.
The show, an homage to the Jack Lord-James MacArthur original, featured Peter “RoboCop” Weller as both director and the antagonist, Curt Stoner, who is a handless and out to avenge the police officers who were responsible for his loss. He becomes a serial killer, leaving behind evidence — bullet shells engraved with the names of victims in a handwriting style that leads McG and crew to find him.
The remake included McG’s dad John McGarrett (William Sadler), who briefly comes back to life — needless, but part of the current show’s penchant of exploring the past to connect the dots about family and roots. Jason Koger, a double upper amputee, was a stand-in for the Stoner character, originally played by Jay J. Armes, who was a double amputee playing the role himself. The current villain had mechanical hands, not hooks, which reflect the progress of prosthetics.
There were a few “matching” scenes, with McG scanning a scene from atop a building, just as Lord did in the original, and that dodge-the-speeding-car sequence, where McG (now, as well as then), leaped onto the hood of a parked car.
The powerful block of the CBS comedy combos kept the dials on the network (ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” has come and gone). So here’s how they fared (viewership, 18 to 49 demos):
* “How I Met Your Mother,” at 7 p.m. — 10.32 million viewers, 4.0 adults.
* “Ruses of Engagement,” at 7:30 p.m. — 9.33 million, 3.1 adults.
* “2 Broke Girls,” at 8 p.m. — 11.21 million, 3.6 adults.
* “Mike & Molly,” at 8:30 p.m. — 10.70 million, 3.1 adults.
So: Were you hooked on "Hookman"?