By Wayne Harada
Winners and losers were plentiful last night (Monday, May 6) on primetime TV, based on overnight Nielsen TV ratings.
NBC was No. 1 in the key 18-49 demographics, at 3.3. But ABC had the most viewers — 12.22 million.
CBS, which is the network home for “Hawaii Five-0,” had the fewest viewers, 7.501 million, since most of its Monday comedy grid was down or flat.
“Five-0” had a bit of cheer; it logged a 1.9 for adults 18-49, which was up two-tenths vs. last week’s series low, a 1.7, and 7.82 million viewers. In comparison in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) slot, ABC’s “Castle” drew 10.82 million viewers and 2.0 adults 18-49, with NBC’s “Revolution” earning 1.9 in the adults 18-49 and 6.35 million viewers.
Where have all the viewers gone?
For “Five-0,” obviously, elsewhere. Maybe, “Castle,” which has had solid storylines, or “Revolution,” which is struggling and improving — a taut drama deserving a wide audience. Perhaps cable. Or sleep.
The “Five-0” episode, themed “Ho‘opio, (To Take Captive),” had winners and losers, too.
Over-all, the show focused on the discovery of the body of a woman missing for a decade, coupled with the kidnapping of another young girl. Are the cases related?
Steve McGarrett and Company have to sort it all out.
Some winning elements:
• Alex O’Loughlin’s short military-type haircut is very now, appealing, and sporty. If you can’t deliver credible plots (though found and missing folks are periodic headline-makers in real life, even now), go with a new look. Cool, McG.
• That biker gang, who become sort of a posse on two wheels, which helped locate a missing van — and put a positive spin on the biker community.
• The utilization of the Maile Amber alert, again a borrowed element going back to the kidnapping and murder of a local girl, Maile Gilbert. It’s a measure that has community support, so its inclusion was spot-on.
• The employment and appearance by Tip Gilbert, father of Maile, provided an emotional spin.
• Danno’s (Scott Caan) continued expression and support of kids, underscored by the earlier disappearance of his own daughter Gracie. In this mode, he’s a true and devoted father.
Some losing elements:
• Danno’s abuse and brutality attacks on a suspect who clearly is a scum — but a cop should know when he crosses the line of ethical service, and personal revenge tactics, and turning in his badge doesn’t right a wrong.
• That opening faux sumotori segment. Does Kamekona really need more spice in his life, beyond shrimp wagons and piloting? Absurd, unnecessary, and making fun of a cherished cultural sport.
• Reviving that impossible Kono-Adam relationship. A cop should not be linked to someone with yakuza ties, and Kono (Grace Park) continues to lie to cousin Chin when it comes to Adam; she abuses and again lies to Catherine, to secure information.
With two more new episodes this season, “Five-0” appears to be stuck on the bottom of the time slot, still grasping for viewers. Only resolution: Improve and galvanize Season Four, to restore the glory of Season One. Suggestion: Wrap up Mama McG and Wo Fat, and get on with real procedural power.