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'Five-0's' move to Friday nights will start on Sept. 27

June 17th, 2013


“Hawaii Five-0” will launch its fourth season — in its new Friday night slot — on Sept. 27.
CBS has announced its 2013-14 season launch and the Island-based series will be sandwiched between the reality show, “Undercover Boss,” and the Friday night staple, “Blue Bloods.” The move brings less pressure on the procedural, which had a bumpy ratings ride this season.
The show will be at 8 p.m. locally, an hour earlier than its previous 9 p.m. airtime (on the Mainland, “Five-0” will screen at 9 p.m.).
“Five-0” was transplanted to the Friday schedule prior to the end of the series’ third season. The show, starring Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, had an erratic ratings performance this year, struggling to keep up the momentum of the earlier years on air, and generally taking the second slot behind ABC’s “Castle.”
Industry observers and critics viewed the shift to the Friday lineup as a safe haven — since Nielsen TV ratings are softer and expectations lower — or the beginning of the end, since a few shows in this slot have been canceled. , “Five-0,” however, already has a feather in its cap: A syndication deal with TNT, beginning in 2014.
With loose threads and the fate of one of the key four again in jeopardy as season three ended, season four will include revisists to story arcs and recurring characters to resolve some of the plot issues.

7 Responses to “'Five-0's' move to Friday nights will start on Sept. 27”

  1. theDman:

    This move to Friday night is not exactly a "reward" for the production, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Will it be the same ol' same ol', or will they try to upgrade the story?

    Will they still rely on car chases and explosions? or has the budget been cut??? Will they still rely upon guest stars? or has the budget been CUT???!!!

  2. Kimo1936:

    Agree, Friday nights will reduce viewership...its the end of the work week and a hard one at that, so you look forward to some relaxation, meet at a designated watering hole with friends to chill out and relax, get some ono food down the hatch. NOT INTERESTED IN WATCHING TV....just want to sit back and enjoy the first day of the weekend.away from the TV set. Bad move CBS.

  3. Dolores(Auntie Clic Clic) Treffeisen:

    I know a lot of people do go out Friday nights but then you can always record the show. Hope it will do OK. Hate to see it go after only 3 seasons. Just need some better story lines. Just hate to see it move to TNT as I don't have cable.

  4. Tim:

    From Wikipedia , "The "Friday night death slot" is a perceived graveyard slot in American television. It implies that a television program in the United States scheduled on Friday evenings (typically, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm) is destined for cancellation."

    This move is not a "safe haven". The ratings of the remake have sucked in the Monday slot so it is being downgraded to Fridays.

    CSI NY lasted 3 seasons on Friday but the amount of episodes went down each season. From 23 to 18 to 17. And it survived so long there because it was cheaper to produce than CSI Miami, so years back CBS canceled Miami and kept NY....I doubt the remake will have that luck because all those guest stars and helicopters cannot be cheap.
    And all of them, CSI NY and CSI Miami had good syndication deals and better ratings than the remake.That didnt'save them.

    IMO the show will get terrible numbers on Friday. This show skews very old. Not a good thing. CBS is not interested in old viewers.

  5. fans are too defensive:

    Remember, recording a show doesn't help the show at all unless you watch it within 3 days and skip the ads on DVR. No one does that.

    Dolores, don't worry about TNT. TNT will only show repeat episodes. They won't be making new eps of their own.

    Along with syndication, H50 depends a lot on the international market. I just saw an article out of Oz where they say H50 could be in danger of cancellation there by the end of the year.

    EXCERPT: (Dirty Dozen are shows to be canceled in OZ):

    TV pundits say Aussie viewers should expect more pain. By the end of the year shows including The Americans, The Mindy Project, Citizen Khan, Endeavour, What's Your Emergency, Hawaii Five-O and The Mentalist could be joining a Dirty Double Dozen list.

  6. AniMatsuri:

    Inter\national sales are rarely if ever a deciding factor either way on whether a show stays or goes.

    For now anyway, we've been getting H50 reruns on Mondays & Fridays. Not a bad deal giving it cheap summer exposure like that.

  7. fans are too defensive:

    Ani, normally international sales don't matter EXCEPT when a show is going to go into syndication. Then the networks don't depend so much on national ratings and hence the national advertisers for money. They get it from the syndication deal and any episodes they can sell on the foreign markets.

    That is why once a show goes into syndication they can tolerate much lower ratings in the USA and survive. H50 would have to really tank now to be canceled. That might happen though. We will see.

    And starting next week, no more Monday repeats;only Fridays.

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