'Castle' on a cloud, as it again tops 'Hawaii Five-0'

February 19th, 2013
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Scott Caan, Arian Foster and Alex O'Loughlin in "Hawaii Five-0."

“Hawaii Five-0” needed a Hail Mary Monday (Feb. 18) night to soar and score, but alas, “Castle,” its chief competition, prevailed at No. 1 in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) timeslot.
With a Pro Bowl football game as a backdrop, the CBS procedural failed to score as the ABC drama — airing part one of a two-parter — pulled a 2.2 in the adults 18-49 rating, up 2 per cent from last week, and 9.67 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 2.0 per cent demo and 8.99 million viewers, down 5 per cent from a week ago.
The shrinkage and the loss ought to be major concerns for CBS, but producers seem oblivious to viewer response questioning problematic scripts.
CBS’ lead-in comedy shows, in the two-hours preceding the Hawaii-filmed series, topped their respective slots — “How I Met Your Mother,” with 3.4 demos and 8.85 million viewers, at 7 p.m.; “Rules of Engagement,” with 2.8 demos and 8.4 million, at 7:30 p.m.; “2 Broke Girls,” with 3.4 demos and 10.11 million, at 8 p.m.; and “Mike & Molly,” with 3.1 demos and 10.33 million, at 8:30 p.m.
"Five-0” was middling and worrisome.
The show needs to pass, punt or run to score big and cross that goal line.
The latest episode, themed “Pā‘ani (The Game),” offered challenges and potential, but the show fumbled, with more of the same-old, same-old.
The bromance thing, with Danno (Scott Caan) and Steve McGarrett, has become an overdone irritant; the two argue about anything and everything, even fave footballers, and it’s overkill. Pass, already. Too predictable.
The romance thing, with Steve and Cath (Michelle Borth), is lukewarm and unconvincing. Punt, already — or maybe go for a quarterback sneak. Make it happen, at least once in a while.
The guest-role thing, with the likes of Larry Manetti (Rick, from “Magnum P.I.”), Pat Monahan, from Train and Arian Foster from the Pro Bowl, needed more work. Manetti can’t sing, so why make him? Monahan can sing, so why didn’t he? Foster could’ve figured in a real (well, reenacted) gridiron situation, not just pass on a key clue. Run with it, please?
What the show does very well, week after week, is stage an awesome opening sequence that’s swift, sleek, sensational — and that chopper offering aerial views and camouflaged soldiers in a tactical drill had the kind of emotion and commotion of great drama.
Too bad what followed was the customary awkward plotting with lack of definition and plenty of unnecessary linkage. Like, Nick was a pal of McG’s dad?
The show still needlessly drills into the past, mining for more character options and morsels of gold, with little relevance. Isn't it time to really open the playbook and, gulp, replace the coach?

9 Responses to “'Castle' on a cloud, as it again tops 'Hawaii Five-0'”

  1. fans are too defensive:

    Well said, Wayne. Although, as to this:
    "The shrinkage and the loss ought to be major concerns for CBS, but producers seem oblivious to viewer response questioning problematic scripts"
    I would say that the problem may very well be the OPPOSITE. It seems to me that the EP is trying to please ALL of his twitter groupies who all want different things. Some want more bromance, some want more Steve/Cath, some want more procedural and less action, some want Chin Ho in a new relationship; some want Danno more with his daughter and a new woman; some want more of Steve's mom and some want that storyline to go away;I have seen it all.
    Looks to me like he is trying to cram it all in and the result? Many incomplete and unsatisfying storylines that seem disconnected and just thrown in there.
    My guess is this week the Steve/Danno bromance fans are thrilled but the Cath fans are upset. The EP wants to please all of the fans and he ends up upsetting a different group each week.

    Perhaps Grace said it well in her recent interview:

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/02/18/hawaii-five-0-grace-park/

    "I guess I’m a bit of a snob in that I feel that it’s like that baseball movie with Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams – “build it and they will come.” That’s how I feel – make it and they will come."
    I feel like it’s just – stay true to the story, screw all the focus groups and know what you want to create and create it and just have that INTEGRITY."

    So to me, the EP should make the show based on what he knows or thinks is what will work best. Stop listening to biased fans on twitter and listen to experienced writers and professionals.


  2. fans are too defensive:

    As to the ratings:
    I believe this was H50's last big push for ratings because next week is a repeat and that will end February sweeps. I saw that there is another new episode on March 18. It could very well be that it is the next new one, which leaves us with 3 weeks of reruns now. After all, they had several new episodes in a row and they have to make it last through mid-May.

    THAT sets up an interesting springtime. IF H50's next new episode isn't until March 18, they will still have 6 episodes to air after that. I am assuming that starting March 25, Revolution will air straight through the rest of the season so, if that is the case, all 6 remaining new episodes of H50 will compete directly against a new Revolution.

    Winner take all! LOL


  3. rahela:

    Unfortunately, the Castle script is much better.
    Too bad because i have to force myself to watch 5-0.
    Kono looks so serious most of the time. She needs more personality.


  4. AniMatsuri:

    At this point, I don't think changes in the stories will effect the ratings one way or the other. Lost's stories got better once they knew there was an end in sight but ratings hardly improved at all.

    What might help the show in the long run is when it starts its run on TNT. The Big Bang Theory's ratings grew when it started reruning on TBS and syndication. There's possiblity that could happen to H50 too.


  5. theDman:

    Way behind. Just finished watching Kekoa.

    I agree that it was better than the average episode. I still want to off Mom so dearly, but the main story was pretty good.

    I talked to a guy whose boy was being recruited for the male stripper scene, his boy turned it down and I can see why. If I did a scene like that, I'd demand a mask. Is this show just becoming a chick flick?


  6. fans are too defensive:

    Dman, I agree. That scene with the male stripper served absolutely no purpose but to excite the females watching. I guess it was to make up for the Victoria's Secret models episode, which was also just for eye candy and unnecessary.;-)

    How about better writing and plots instead? LOL

    Ani, I agree. I don't think the numbers will improve now for H50 because it is in its 3rd season and long lasting shows have their core viewers by now. If people have been choosing to not watch or stop watching, they won't all of a sudden begin checking it out now.

    As to syndication helping it, I really don't know. But half hour comedies draw viewers more easily than hour long dramas so BBT would more easily pick up new viewers on syndication just by the pure nature of the show itself. I don't know WHY that is, but it is.


  7. fans are too defensive:

    I just saw and I was right. The next new episode for H50 is March 18. That means that when Revolution returns on March 25, H50 will still have 6 new episodes up against new episodes of Revolution.


  8. fans are too defensive:

    Ratings update; Castle up one tenth in demo; from 2.2 to 2.3 and a quarter of a million viewers more than H50.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/02/20/monday-final-ratings-bones-rules-of-engagement-2-broke-girls-the-following-castle-mike-and-molly-adjusted-up/170001/


  9. fans are too defensive:

    Correction: three quarter of a million more viewers for Castle than H50.