By Wayne Harada
NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage dominated Friday’s viewership, though the numbers were short of gold. Still, the peacock network — predictably, though not as powerfully as Vancouver — had the most viewers (31.7 million) and topped the favored 18 to 49 adults demographics (8.6 rating), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen numbers. The coverage of the Sochi opening ceremonies ran 30 minutes over the usual primetime rating period, so adjustments are forthcoming in the final tally. Sochi viewership was down 9 per cent, compared to the 2010 Vancouver games’ 9.4 ranking.
For most series on the Friday lineup, including “Hawaii Five-0,” it was rerun time — no sense in tossing a newbie out there only to find that it doesn’t even earn the bronze.
So: CBS’ “Five-0” topped its 8 p.m. hour (9 p.m. Mainland) with 4.99 million viewers and an 18 to 49 demo (0.7 rating). Its chief competitor, ABC’s “Shark Tank” (also a repeat), had fewer viewers (4.39 million) but a better demo (1.2 rating) compared to the island show.
Among reruns, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” (6.71 million viewers, 0.7 demo) and “Undercover Boss” (5.036 million viewers, 1.0 demo) fared OK; ditto, two back-to-back segments of ABC’s “Last Man Standing” (4.59 million, 0.9 demo, 4.19 million, 0.9 demo).
So with rerun fervor, how ‘bout some questions to ponder, re “Five-0:”
• Notice the recent absence of Wo Fat? Is Arch Enemy No. 1 on semi-permanent leave? Hmmm...
• Ditto, Mama McGarrett. We don’t miss her — she’s added precious little to the storytelling — but wonder if she’s been pink-slipped? Whenever she’s in an episode, she brings nothing but woe for sonny boy Steve.
• Are you pleased with the formal return of Kono Kalakaua? Her story arc — on the lam, with her beau (to “cover” real-life pregnancy and motherhood) — went on too long. So will she get Her Episode before season four ends?
• Is Captain Grover too gruff for his own good, or does he bring on the spice to crime-fighting in paradise?
• Agree or disagree: Do you find more substance and better plot in the recent episodes? Like, somebody has finally figured it out that car chases and crashes and familial friction impede instead of inspire overall quality of the show?
Let the discussions begin...