By Wayne Harada
How low can you go?
For CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” a season low — a 1.7 adults rating in the valued 18 to 49 demographics, down 6 per cent from a 1.8 rating on April 5. The overnight Nielsens were not polite for the island-based show, and one wonders if anyone truly cares.
The cause for the downspin: a ludicrous “mockumentary,” about a show embedded with Steve McGarrett & Company, to sit in on crime-fighting then sharing the footage with a beachfront studio audience.
The faux show featured Aisha Tyler from “The Talk,” doing the walk and talk as Savannah Walker, a TV host given an open ticket to shadow the “Five-0” as it pursues the usual crime in paradise — only in this instance, the target of the chase, and an ultimate helicopter shoot-down, is Wo Fat.
As plots go, this one was as silly and unrealistic as anything so far in three seasons. Can you imagine allowing the pursuit of lawfulness to become the subject of a reality show?
So in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), “Five-0” finished behind “Castle” on ABC and “Revolution” on NBC, which wound up with a 2.05 rating in adults 18 to 49. In viewership, every show took a dip, but “Castle” pulled in 10.63 million viewers, “Five-0” 7.69 million viewers and “Revolution” 5.81 million viewers.
So at the end of the hour, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) has shot down his nemesis Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) who is badly hurt and burned and, seemingly, in a bad, bad way with police guarding his hospital bed and corridors. Maybe McG should have fulfilled Wo Fat’s plea to put an end to his misery — and simply call it a day’s, or season’s, work. Oh, but a fourth year beckons ... tied in to that TNT syndication deal.
How low can a show go? “Five-0” has a fourth term to find out.