By Wayne Harada
Friday night (March 7) TV ratings at-a-glance, according to the overnight Nielsen survey:
- CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” is stable in its 8 p.m. slot (9 p.m. Mainland), winning its hour in viewership (10.27 million), and 1.4 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics (matching last week’s outing).
- But in the same hour, ABC’s “Shark Tank” had the best 18 to 49 demo (2.9 rating), but fewer viewers (7.49 million).
- Same hour, different dial: NBC’s “Grimm” managed to beat “H50” in the 18 to 49 demo, with a 1.5 rating, though its viewership fell short at 5.64 million.
- CBS’ “Blue Bloods” posted the most viewers at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland), with 11.87 million. But it had a 1.45 demo, with ABC’s “20/20” garnering a skosh more, 1.8 rating demo.
- In the big picture, ABC was No. 1 in adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating, besting CBS’ 1.4 demo; but CBS had the most viewers over-all, 9.866 million, compared to ABC’s 6.636 million over-all.
So “H50” on Friday is a sweet match — enabling the island show to attract the numbers it couldn’t garner on Mondays.
The episode, “Hoku Welowelo (Fire in the Sky),” dealt with a mysterious Chinese satellite falling from the sky, creating initial tension: is this an omen with roots in ancient Hawaii, or a conspiracy object with global political implications?
The incident brings back Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), a bear of a man with incredible intuition and savvy, whose presence provides humor, anticipation and some stability — the guy knows his stuff and his physique is enough to maintain your interest.
Mama Clara Williams (Melanie Griffith) lingers, to irritate son Danno Williams (Scott Caan) when she hitches a ride to go crimefighting with Captain Grover (Chi McBride),
certainly a violation of the investigation credo. But aside from the tension she brings along, she evokes humor and helps release stress — and is a much more appealing mom figure than Mama McG (Christine Lahti), who confuses and clouds son Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) m.o.
There’s more bonding between Grover and McG, to follow last week’s peace pipe exchange of sorts, so yes, there’s another flashback, with McG remembering an incident in North Korea, over a cuppa Joe.
Then there was the Chinese spy Zi Chen (Elaine Tan), who throws out menacing stares but doesn’t become the dragon lady she could have been. Amid the show’s conventions and clichés, she was never nasty or threatening — but then again, she had her own agenda of discovering the fallen satellite to protect Chinese intelligence.
Good to see Kono (Grace Park) back in the groove with cuz Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and since Catherine (Michelle Borth) is now part of investigative team (ever since Kono was on the lam in Vancouver), she’s along for the ride in case-solving, minus romantic clinches with McG.
Over-all, it was a comfy outing — safe in delivery, not groundbreaking.