CBS owns Friday, despite dips by 'Five-0,' 'Blue Bloods'

October 19th, 2013
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CBS drew the most viewers (9.420 million) and earned a 1.5 rating in the key 18 to 49 demographics Friday night (Oct. 18), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen figures.

The Eye Network’s “Hawaii Five-0,” in the 8 p.m. slot (9 p.m. Mainland), attracted the most viewers (8.89 million) and a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demos, but this was  7 per cent down from last week’s 1.5 rating in the demos.

ABC’s “Shark Tank,” in the same time frame as “Five-0,” logged a 1.9 rating in the demos, with fewer viewers (6.5 million).

And “Blue Bloods,” which follows “Five-0” at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) and is part of the network’s ongoing promo pairing, had the most viewers for the night (10.23 million) with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demos. This also was a 7 per cent drop from last week’s 1.4 in 18-49.

The ratings do not include DVR and other delayed viewership, so the final figures likely boost the numbers.

The “Five-0” episode, “A ia la aku (From This Day Forward),"  explored romantic relationships of various stripes. There was a runaway bride and her baffled groom; Kono and her Adam are still on the lam in Hong Kong, fretting over their fate; McGarrett and Catherine begin to test their emotions when she finally moves on to her job to work with her ex-beau, Billy, albeit with McG’s blessing (and she asks him, like he used to ask herwhen she had naval ties, for classified info); Danno and his new love Gabby explore how they can get through life with an ocean between them.

So yes, these situations portend friction and conflict in future episodes.

Devoid of the usual parade of secondary characters like Mama McG and Wo Fat, this fourth show in season four had a straitforward pace with a lone big speeding car scene with the errant bride, leading to a major car plunge down a Tantalus slope, as her ties with her groom unravels.

Best revelation: Danno and Gabby cozying up, snuggling, and (sorta) kissing ... reciting sweet nothings, before she slips to a Mainland job. And him spouting about how much he loves his Hawaii home. Couldn’t help but think that this was a deliberate and smart move — finally putting aside the actor Scott Caan’s missteps of dishing Hawaii earlier with his personal comments that put him in  temporarily in the gutter. Apologies accepted.

While both “Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” couldn’t muster up higher ratings this week, CBS has touted growth for the buddy shows so far this season. (See my earlier blog). From this day forward, maybe the movement will be constantly up, not down.

Even with NBC’s “Grimm” — a likely competitor and threat — finally arriving opposite “Five-0” on Oct. 25.

10 Responses to “CBS owns Friday, despite dips by 'Five-0,' 'Blue Bloods'”

  1. FansAreTooDefensive:

    It seems like they keep bringing romance to the main actors and then they pull that away after two seconds (or one episode). Danno is losing his new found love, same happened to Chin Ho with Malia, Steve is having to watch Cath with her ex. Kono is on a hit list in China.

    Oh, yeah, and then there was some off the wall investigation that was so convoluted I lost what really happened. OK. I confess. I fell asleep (it was 9-10 PM PST after all, and I am not a spring chicken.)

    How did the bride survive that crash and her car pushed down a huge cliff and was down there how long? Before Chin found her? And she is completely fine now?

    I couldn't follow what happened. The storyline had me confused. If it was what I thought it was, it was very far fetched; even for H50.

    Grimm is coming next week and the main character and hero has been turned into a zombie.

    Zombies are this year's vamps and very popular (see The Walking Dead.)

    H50 is dropping with only Shark Tank as competition now.
    What will happen next week? Or later, when Fox gets its act together and puts up its shows?


  2. Anna:

    The show is just plain boring, it has turned into the show to watch when noting else is on. Of course these first 4 episodes aired without real competition, so the show got it easy for a few weeks, but even with that numbers are not good. Grimm comes back next week, that IMO is 100% better than Hawaii 50 , better acting and more interesting. It will hurt Hawaii 50 , but then I wonder how low can this show go and still be kept alive by cbs because of syndication. It will be interesting.


  3. Belle:

    Lucia aka FansAreTooDefensive aren't you remiss in calling Wayne on the carpet for daring to mention Scott Caan's missteps like the other Hawaiians that you loathe and slam for doing the same thing over on twitter as mcCrazyfan? But I guess that doesn't fit your agenda here lol and you want to protect your platform. It's called hypocrisy. It's okay, no one buys your Scott love anyway, a obvious smokescreen for your creepy Alex O'Loughlin obsession.

    The ratings look pretty good for H50 in this Friday slot. Minimal decrease, especially when compared to most shows overall this season. Friday 5-0 was up against baseball playoff that are watched live, Shark Tank etc. Next week Grimm returns so H50 might take a hit since it's the July promoted premiere paired with the new Dracula. Not sure it will affect 5-0 much in the long run. Zombie Nick seems lame particularly in light of The Walking Dead's popularity.


  4. FansAreTooDefensive:

    Belle, aka The5tothe0, aka Lynn Baker @Five0Luv , stop trying to be more obnoxious then you were on twitter when you got suspended. You are so sick neither the pro H50 people nor the anti H50 want you around. Go away like the psycho you are. Stop trying to be different people and try to intimidate. You lost because you hate so ferociously. Accept it. If you post again, everyone will know who you really are.

    My advice? Get help. Your hate will kill you.


  5. FansAreTooDefensive:

    Anna, also on November 8, Fox will finally premiere its 2 new comedies up against H50. Last season, Raising Hope got a 1.7 demo rating BUT it was on Tuesday night and it was against powerhouses NCIS, The Voice, and Dancing With The Stars!! That is pretty good!
    Example:

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/31/tuesday-final-ratings-dancing-with-the-stars-adjusted-down/155498/

    The other comedy is brand new and sounds interesting and contemporary;

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57583690/fox-unveils-new-tv-series-for-2013-14-season/

    "Enlisted,'' described by Fox as an "irreverent and heartfelt'' comedy set on a Florida Army base, is about three brothers getting to know each other and the misfits around them on the base.

    So between Grimm and the fox comedies, it looks like H50 could be in serious ratings trouble.

    That said. CBS wants those huge syndication dollars and if TNT already paid through 100 episodes, it might get a season 5 no matter what.


  6. FansAreTooDefensive:

    Anna, also on November 8, Fox will finally premiere its 2 new comedies up against H50. Last season, Raising Hope got a 1.7 demo rating BUT it was on Tuesday night and it was against powerhouses NCIS, The Voice, and Dancing With The Stars!! That is pretty good!
    Example:

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/31/tuesday-final-ratings-dancing-with-the-stars-adjusted-down/155498/


  7. FansAreTooDefensive:

    The other comedy is brand new and sounds interesting and contemporary;

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57583690/fox-unveils-new-tv-series-for-2013-14-season/

    "Enlisted,'' described by Fox as an "irreverent and heartfelt'' comedy set on a Florida Army base, is about three brothers getting to know each other and the misfits around them on the base.

    So between Grimm and the fox comedies, it looks like H50 could be in serious ratings trouble.

    That said. CBS wants those huge syndication dollars and if TNT already paid through 100 episodes, it might get a season 5 no matter what.


  8. AniMatsuri:

    They probably moved Raising Hope to Friday as a lead into Enlisted. Although, I wonder how far the new show will go since its main star was also the star of the failed Bones spin-off Finder(also a quirky show that took place in Florida) a year or so ago.

    There must be a someone with an agenda on the writing staff of Blue Bloods since they sprung yet another homosexual victim storyline that resulted lower ratings than H50 again. Otherwise I keep expecting Blue Bloods to do slightly better than H50 like it did when CSI:NY was paired with it last year.


  9. FansAreTooDefensive:

    Ani, maybe BB will do better when Grimm goes up against H50? BUT Dracula will be up against BB so---maybe not! LOL


  10. Belle:

    Lucia,

    You really are unhinged. Your entire post illustrates how crazy you are but these gems are especially amusing...

    "Go away like the psycho you are."

    "Stop trying to be different people and try to intimidate."

    "If you post again, everyone will know who you really are."

    WTH? LOL WHAT is wrong with you? Scary.