Remember, 'Five-0' switches to a Friday night regimen
OK, you must know: “Hawaii Five-0” moves to its Friday slot, at 8 p.m. today (May 31), as the lead-in to CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck.
Sounds like a good perch — the local show featuring Alex O’Loughlin, nudged against a New York-based procedural, with the former Thomas Magnum of “Magnum, P.I.”
“Wahine’inoloa (Evil Woman), the eighth episode of season three, won its original time slot at 9 p.m. surely because its key competitor, ABC’s “Castle,” was pre-empted.
Are you gonna watch? Get used to the new Friday habit? At an earlier time?
Or is Friday your go-out-and-have-fun evening, meaning future new episodes this fall might end up as your DVR option?
In the TV industry, Friday has become the graveyard for some series; they vanish if they move here. In the case of “Five-0,” the death knell is not an option — yet — because the show previously was extended for a fourth season to comply with the foundation of syndication next year on TNT.
That said, the repeat show has spectacular opening sequence, in which a body burns to a crisp in a canefield, then is hit by car; it was as good as, or even better, than the episode where a polo player was beheaded.
Horrific scenes are not the hallmark of McG and crew; they investigate what the writers provide. But they get plenty of notice.
The opener was an attention-grabber, which might have intrigued some viewers to stay and watch the outcome; the rest of the plot, not so hot. Phone records lead to clues on who might have turned the kalua demise of the victim. But there are complicated elements of subplots involving Catherine (Michele Borth) and Doris Mama McGarrett (Christine Lahti), causing some friction and angst for McG. Revenge and suspicion issues surround the secondary characters, one of the show’s problems in maintaining a solid viewership, clouding the focus on the principals.
Still, this show garnered 10.1 million viewers in its original screening, ahead of NBC’s
“Revolution” (8.7 million) and the ABC sub, “Extreme Makeover” (5.2 million).
“Revolution” topped the 18 to 49 demographics (2.9).
Don’t know how much value/impact ratings have with reruns. Or, whether fans — diehard or new — will tune in amid a new territory.