By Wayne Harada
“Good to be home.”
So uttered Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), in the final moments of Friday’s “Hawaii Five-0,” summing up the CBS’ show status — ratings up as the New Year begins.
According to the preliminary overnight Nielsen TV ratings, the
“Five-0” episode themed “O Kēlē Me Kēia Manawa (Now and Then),”
had the most viewers in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) time slot, attracting 10.44 million — it’s been a while since the homegrown show logged double-digit viewership numbers. However, ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the same hour earned the orchid lei for the coveted 18 to 49 demographics, with a 2.1 ranking and 7.31 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 1.5 demo.
Thus, ABC was No.1 in adults 18 to 49, while CBS was No. 1 viewers, since the Eye Network’s “Blue Bloods” attracted 12.49 million viewers and a 1.5 demo in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m.) slot following “Five-0,” making it the most-watched show for Friday.
About “Five-0:” Kono’s return, along with beau Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale), finally puts to rest the overlong and tedious story arc about their on-the-run status, prompted by her off-screen real-life pregnancy and motherhood in Vancouver, B.C. She's now back in Honolulu to continue developing her Kono role.
Good to be home, indeed.
This episode took on a more subdued and credible plot involving three concurrent elements: the resolution of Kono’s situation, the problem with a fugitive killer on the lam pursued by his pal Captain Grover (Chi McBride) and the blossoming romance between Danno Williams (Scott Caan) and Amber Vitale (Lili Simmons) involving a stray bullet that sends her to the hospital; she is a new character likely to recur now that there’s new love brewing in Danno’s life. Hook ‘em, Danno.
Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) are secondary parts of each story plateau. McG has the expected bromance bickering with Grover, not in the car but in the woods, where some trust and respect emerge despite the suspicions between ‘em. They’re not out of the woods, yet, however, since Grover is not quite ready to spill the beans about his still cloudy and murky personal past. Chin also has notched down a skosh in this one, providing the leveling hand and sensibility of a devoted crimefighter, who, not unexpectedly, embraces his “cuz” Kono, as she and Adam arrive for a party at McG’s.
The lingering friction between Grover and McG likely will continue till there’s genuine bonding and an earnest friendship as guys on the same team. It ain’t resolved yet, but it will be. This chemistry is far more potent and palatable than the forced dalliance between McG and Catherine (Michelle Borth). Meanwhile, a thought: Does anyone miss Chin Ho?