By Wayne Harada
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.