By Wayne Harada
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin) goes shirtless in spearfishing scene in "Five-0." Photo courtesy CBS.
Note: This posting, normally done early Saturday, was delayed due to a problem with website issues that prevented me access to the blog site.
“Hawaii Five-0” delves into terrorism with “Pe ‘epe ‘e Kanaka (“Those Among Us”), on Friday (April 29). Alas, the script had too many holes and the preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings dipped again.
It’s an indication of the marginal viewing pattern on Friday nights, and a so-so story with an auspicious beginning told in earnest but lacking credibility.
Honolulu has its share of crime, of course, so the show that starts off promisingly with the shooting of a pool attendant in Lanikai, but ending with a highly emotional Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) lecturing a young radicalist involved in an alleged Jihad cell is a bit much.
Before the final credits roll, Danno (Scott Caan) and McG visit a veterans rehab center to relay news to a double amputee victim of Afghan terrorism brings some kind of closure to the soldier. But the midsection tale of terrorists in Hawaii having something to do with the kooks on the war front — with the alleged no-gooders dying — is a pill hard to swallow.
Here? In paradise?
That said, “Five-0” again had the most viewers (9.7 million, down from a week earlier) as usual, but remains second in the 18 to 14 adults demographics with a 1.2 rating, bested by ABC’s “Shark Tank” (a 1.7 rating), but fewer viewers (6.86 million).
That margin and pattern were reflected in the Friday night viewing perspective: ABC was No. 1 in adult demos, CBS had the most viewers, largely thanks to “Blue Bloods” (in the hour following “Five-0:”) with 10.81 million viewers and a 1.3 demo (which ABC’s “20/20” beat with a 1.4 demo, but with a 5.81 million viewership).
The episode was not without a couple of fine moments:
- Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) shows skin, a rarity on the show, shown shirtless while spearfishing with Capt. Grover (Chi McBride), complete like McG/Dannon bromance banter, about who can catch the most fish and the emotion of jealousy.
- Local lingo is integrated in the final moments of the show, when McG brings news to the legless vet and he asks McG, “How do you say thank you (in Hawaiian)?” Of course, McG utters “Mahalo,” and the GI repeats it, adding “Semper Fi,” which played more like an “NCIS” moment but nonetheless memorable.
Bottom line: Friday is a safe haven for the Hawaii-based CBS procedural. It provides a wedge of victory in viewership, albeit with smaller ratings on a night that not many people are drawn to the tube, and the payoff means the 18 to 49 adult demo is also down, a yardstick by which advertising rates are determined. But the longer the show holds its on in primetime, the more the network will earn in its syndication deal with TNT (like, $2 million per episode0. There’s comfort and reassurance that Friday is a fit for “Five-0,” which does not compete with another procedural and especially since NBC’s underperformihg “Grimm” has not been a contender in the 8 p.m. (9 p.m.) window.