By Wayne Harada
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?