By Wayne Harada
Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Tim Daly as Ray Harper. CBS photo
It’s a downward syndrome for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” ... and maybe it's time to start hoisting the yellow flag on its Friday night timeslot.
The island-filmed show won the viewers trophy for the 8 p.m. slot — 9.56 million viewers, but was 1.5 in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics, down a tenth from its season four premiere last Friday, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. This is not a good thing and the victory is somewhat hollow, considering the expense and expectation of filming a show here.
ABC’s “Shark Tank” bettered “Five-0” with 1.8 in the demos, but that also was down two-tenths from a week ago, but had fewer viewers, 6.35 million. Simply, there's not much excitement or competition in this block of the Friday night dive.
Overall, ABC was first in adults 18 to 49, with CBS logging most viewers. The quick reaction: Fridays aren’t the best day for TV viewing. Only one program, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” in the 9 p.m. slot (10 p.m. Mainland), amassed viewership over 10 milllion. The Tom Selleck-starrer pulled in 11.09 viewers with a 1.4 in 18 to 49, behind ABC’s “20/20,” which earned a 1.6 in 18 to 49 and with only 5.89 million viewers.
The latest (Oct. 4) “Five-0” episode, themed “A’ale Ma’a Wau (Fish out of Water)," was a bit of a puzzlement.
It opened with a recap of the season opener, with Kono Kalakaua (Grace Lee) and Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) seeking asylum in China, but their location was compromised so they had to flee. Kono had some damn good moments — her agility with the gun, her ability to fish, and jump-start and fix a Jeep relic — presented a different character away from her usual crime-in-paradise setting. This elevated her status as a team player, away from her team. She even had smooches with Adam, and while the couple had to flee for their lives, the moments were honest and appealing. Perhaps Kono can make a go with an ex-Yakuza beau; there's a tingle of magic as they each find strengths as romance continues to blossom.
I thought the Kono-Adam segment was her best showing so far — and maybe her separation from her buddies brings out her best. Hmmm, what do you say?
The relationship between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) also faced a test; her ex-beau and his ex-Navy buddy, Billy Harrington (Justin Bruening), showed up to test the temperature of her moving away from the”Five-0” clan in favor on a new job with the ex-b.f. So there were expected chats back and forth, about relationships and integrity, playing out by the end credits.
Tim Daly, guest-starring as a cowboy-hat-wearing Texas Ranger Ray Harper, brought intensity to the show; he was merely an agitated dad in search of his kidnapped daughter, but had a way with the gun and take-no-huff attitude that painted him as a baddie, a situation also resolved.
And yes, the new black Chevy Camaro took a spin, with McG in the driver’s seat, and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) engaged in carguments – about McG and his concerns about possibly being the half-brother of Wo Fat and the still unresolved matter with Mama McG Doris (Christine Lahti) and her relationship with sonny’s nemesis.
If the show keeps bringing up this notion, then solve it and move on — it just ain’t no beeg t’ing.