By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” is on the rise, attracting 11.3 million viewers Friday (Jan. 31) night, with a 1.7 rating in the preferred 18 to 49 adult demographics up two-tenths from last week. The numbers may rise when the overnight Nielsen ratings are adjusted.
The island-based CBS series was the evening’s No. 2 most-watched show, following No. 1 “Blue Bloods” which drew 12.79 million and a 1.6 demo, up two-tenths from its Jan. 17 episode.
Simply put: Friday has become a safe haven — and a ratings payday —for “Five-0;” just look at the struggles the new Josh Holloway show, “Intelligence,” is taking in the 9 p.m. Monday slot formerly occupied by “Five-0.”
Crime in paradise is paying off, even if the best demo was posted by ABC’s “Shark Tank,” opposite “Five-0” in the 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) hour, with a 2.1, down a tenth from its season-high 2.2.
With CBS’ “Undercover Boss” watched by 9.23 million (with a 1.7 demo), the Eye network had the most viewers (6.14 million) but ABC had the best 18 to 49 adult demo (1.7 rating).
This week’s episode, entitled “Na Hala A Ka Makua (Sins of the Father),” reflected traditional “Five-0” traits: bromance banter in the car, cop chases and crashes, bad guy who could be unjustly jailed, daughters with problems with fathers (or vice versa).
McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) are unwillingly car-jacked and held hostage at gunpoint in their car when runaway prisoner Parrish (Michael Madsen) kidnaps the “Five-0” duo. He tells his captors that he was framed for the time he spent in prison and seeks the witness who might possibly undo the injustice, but the dude is found dead in his home, site of the usual gunfire (the ‘hoods vs. the cops). The gunfight allows Parrish to hele on to freedom.
Of course, SWAT Capt. Grover (Chi McBride) is part of the force seeking Parrish and he gets a call from McG who reports under threat of being shot that the escapee had been sighted in Waianae, so the brigade rushes over to find...nothing.
Between the carguments and the shots fired, Kono (Grace Park) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) wonder why they can’t reach McG and Danno via phone. Of course, this duo are the wizards of the office search and they identify the witness.
While on the lam, Parrish finds his estranged daughter Lauren (Lyndon Smith) who has a box full of unopened letters from dad, but two fraudulent FBI officers who had visited her home find Parrish and his daughter at Tantalus, where vistas of the city and Diamond Head provide a scenic backdrop for more shooting. Alas, this daughter loses her dad — but gets to say her final aloha.
This dad-daughter conflict parallels the opening scenes where Grace (Teilor Grubs) has issues with her school and Danno is called in to face the music together; he’s not a happy camper that she’s in trouble, and being expelled plus being the daughter of a cop, after all. The resolution prior to the final credits says it nicely: daughters can connect with a compassionate dad.