By Wayne Harada
While CBS was No. 1 in total viewers (9.588 million) and among adults 18 to 49 (2.8 rating), it was a slippery slope Monday night (Feb. 11). The two-hour comedy lineup, preceding and including the island-based procedural, “Hawaii Five-0,” were down from the previous week’s Nielsen ratings.
Still, each CBS show topped its respective half-hour or, in “Five-0’s” case, its 9 p.m. hour here, despite the slippage in numbers, according to preliminary figures.
"2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" topped the numbers, the former with a Grammy theme, the latter with Melissa McCarthy — perhaps a spillover from Sunday's CBS telecast of the awards show, and McCarthy's reign as the plus-sized comic with a blast of fresh, funny fare?
Are TV viewers off the radar, since NBC's "The Voice" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" are on hiatus?
Ditto, NBC's "Revolution"?
Back to the order of business: the "Five-0" factor. Are fans staying away, because of Danno's negative notions about Hawaii? And what about Grace Park's "The View" appearance Monday morning, when she dissed surfing — and brought, auwe, faux lei to give the co-hosts (that sounds like a red flag!).
But I digress...
“Ke Koa (The Warrior),” the “Five-0” episode, garnered 9.48 million viewers with a 2.1 18 to 49 demo, squeaking by ABC’s “Castle,” which logged 8.91 million and a 2.0 demo. NBC’s “Deception” pulled in 3.30 million and a 1.3 18 to 49 demo.
The show was a blend of secrecy, with a thread of ohana loyalty, involving the murder of a figure from the lua community of cultural practioners of the art of Hawaiian martial arts, with a somewhat silly but entertaining subplot focuses on a private investigator hired by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to document the doings of his mom Doris (Christine Lahti) — tied to that main magnet of secrecy.
I must say the episode was peopled with genuine talent, which was a treat — led by Treat Williams as the adorable p.i. enlisted by to trail mom McG; Jason Tam, our homegrown Broadway and TV star, as Eddie Thorne, a thug who is whacked with a ceramic gnome as he tries to elude the “Five-0” team (McG, with Scott Caan as “Danno” Williams), which winds up with a stellar interrogation scene of Tam in that gloomy, ill-lit captor quarters (played by the News Building); Joel de la Fuente as Shane Kawano, who heads a secretive Hawaiian martial arts society of lua practioners; and Summer Glau as Maggie Hoapili, who, like her slain father, practiced the art of the lua, and demonstrates her savvy in the waterless indoor pool near the episode’s finale.
(FYI: Lua, in this case, is that secret cultural strain of practitioners of the ancient Hawaiian fight form. Definitely not lua, the toilet).
Taylor Wily as Kamekona and his shrimp truck had ample screen time, too; here, his presence was vital, since he had info that McG and Danno had, though — again, a kind of secret move — the sumotori-built Kamekona had to be trailed to get that lead.
While it was pleasant and joyful to watch a seasoned film vet like Williams appear in a sappy role that came, presumably, with vacation time off, his Hollywood veneer provide a warm glow his scenes with Lahti — in the market, over lunch, at the door of the McG home. Seems like a hana hou is in store, since he’s smitten with her, or is it vice versa?
Oh, the hot bod in the opening sequence was that of Christopher DiPrete, a Kaneohe model-performer. If “Five-0” ever investigates a “Magic Mike”-like male stripper storyline, he’d be a wise choice for a comeback.