By Wayne Harada
Though CBS TV has yet to formally give the island-based “Hawaii Five-0” the green light to proceed for a fifth season, the online site Deadline.com reports that the eye network has struck a deal with producer Peter Lenkov to continue for two more seasons.
The show, now in its fourth year, moved to the 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) slot on Fridays, where it regularly has led the viewership with a weekly average of 11.6 million — a comfort zone compared to the competition-heavy 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) Mondays, where it struggled to battle the popular ABC’s “Castle.”
Though “Five-0” has not dominated the coveted 18 to 49 adult demographics this year, viewership is up 3 per cent compared to Mondays and up 6 per cent in the demographics.
Two more years of production— and it could be longer, since the cast apparently had signed on for seven seasons — would fuel the network’s deal with TNT, where “Five-0” is in syndication. The cable network is paying CBS $2 million-plus per episode where the show so far has had a stronger international appeal than domestic.
In addition, the CBS deal enables Lenkov to develop new series for the network and for cable syndication.
This year, Lenkov reunited with his “Five-0” reboot collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci to mine the new drama, “Salvation,” which CBS acquired.