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'Five-0' has a reunion, but attendance is slim

April 5th, 2014


 Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly.

It was a fan-built episode for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0”  Friday (April 4), with viewers deciding plot elements which script-writers used to play out the episode. While Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) is attending his 25th anniversary high school reunion,  an alumna is murdered.

The show was entitled “Ho‘i Hou (Reunited),” challenged by elements suggested by fans in an earlier network promotion to determine story points: the setting would be Chin’s Kukui High School reunion; a macadamia nut heiress would be killed with a 5-inch stiletto (high heel shoes), a toy rocket will be one of the evidence pieces and a giant maze would be a factor in the pursuit of an alleged suspect.

But many fans weren’t watching, skipping the reunion, with “Five-0” amassing 9.52 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour (9 p.m. Mainland), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. It was the most eyes tuned in, ahead of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” with 7.19 million, but “Shark” led the 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating, compared to the 1.3 rating shared by “Five-0” and NBC’s “Grimm” in a tie. The numbers reflected a glide and a slide — “Five-0” down 7 per cent in the 18 to 49 demo from a 1.4 from its last new episode, and “Shark” tanking 10 per cent from a 2.1 demo for its last fresh show.

The evening’s top drawers were CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), with 11.40 million viewers, and its 1.5 demo was up 7  per cent from its last original episode; “Shark Tank” had the best demo score (1.9 rating).

Overall, CBS had the most viewers, 9.473 million; ABC had the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.5 rating. It's been this way for months.

Could have been a middling week for Friday viewership — any argument is possible — or the naysayers are right: Friday is where the action isn’t. Where, in the past, shows often go to, before cancellation.

No, “Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” are renewed for another season, so not to worry.

Worrisome, however, is the ongoing concern of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and that Shelburne mess involving his mother Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti, not in this episode, just name-dropped). The quest for answers take McG and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) to Cambodia, and since there’s no car for commute, they have their cargument in cargo plane as they head home. This, after checking out an empty coffin in the jungles of Oahu, which is supposed to be Cambodia.

Roosevelt was cast as Kukui High this time. Wasn’t Iolani the stand-in, in season one?

And Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) is Chin’s reunion buddy — a pair of dudes not very comfortable schmoozing with their high school crowd.

But that yearbook glimpse was cute and on target: one was deemed “most likely to be abducted by aliens,” the other “most dependable.”  Would you have known who had the description if you missed the show?




6 Responses to “'Five-0' has a reunion, but attendance is slim”

  1. tommui:

    I thought the show was pretty good considering the diverse elements the fan chose. (No, I did not enter into the contest).

    RHS probably had better stairwells than Iolani - need height for the stiletto to penetrate?

  2. theDman:

    The show was OK, and that's good. The "mama spy" thing is becoming an eye-roller, but I understand the concept of sub-plots, and you need those in every show.

    I thought the plot was smooth and flowed, well kinda, Who beat up Alan Lim? Did I miss something? Don't tell me little brother was strong and tough enough to give the killer a beat down? I'd watch it again, but I don't want to endure all the commercials.

    Also, the dead girl put the film inside the rocket? Wha? Who put the film in the rocket?? Maybe I was "distracted" too. Clues either went too fast, or something got lost in the translation.

    On another note, is Hi-Def really necessary. I was surprised how old Scotty looked in the cargo plane scene, and guys, watch the lighting. Don't backlight Scotty's head like that. It reveals the horseshoe.

    First epi I have watched in ages. Hope to catch a couple more before the season ends.

  3. stan:

    I agree pretty much with theDman but I still feel strongly about casting another character

    for Danno's part since this one have no clue. Even with a new script he just doesn't fit. I have to

    change the TV channel anytime he starts talking his nonsense...I don't understand sign language



  4. AniMatsuri:

    The victim's brother beat and almost killed Alan. He was motivated enough and at worst both are about the same size.

    The girl put the film in the rocket as a nod to the other boyfriend who was into rockets. She was alive 25 years ago when she placed it in the time capsule.

    Overall ratings stayed about the same. Just like the last time they did something like this. Considering how smooth the episode went you wonder if initial ideas aren't done mad libs style all the time.

  5. theDman:

    "The victim's brother beat and almost killed Alan. He was motivated enough and at worst both are about the same size."

    No. So little bro gets into a fight and doesn't have a mark on him? That is ridiculous. If he was some mixed martial ninja artist, that should have been established.

    The picture that was developed in the lab was on the last day of the boyfriends life. She put it in the rocket? Who took it? If it was she was in on the whole thing and coverup and she keeps a pic for posterity? That was not developed either.

  6. AniMatsuri:

    Who says it was a fair fight? If little bro got the jump on Alan the same way he did with Danno with a shovel that could explain why he didn't seem harmed for the most part.

    The film was developed 25 years later by Jerry Ortega, remember?

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