Something old, something new as 'Five-0' wins time slot
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The season five premiere episode of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” “A’Ohe Kahi e Pe’e Ai (Nowhere to Hide)” won its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) time slot, with 8.90 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics.
The figures, courtesy Nielsen Media Research, include live plus same day numbers that were down from season four’s premiere, when the Hawaii-based show logged 1.6 adults in the preferred demos. Final numbers are subject to change, with live+7 day figures are factored in.
The evening’s demo champ was ABC’s two-hour “Shark Tank,” with a 1.8 scorecard in the 18 to 49 demo and 7.10 million in the 7 to 8 p.m. hours (8 to10 p.m. Mainland).
And CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” with 10.60 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demo, was the night’s most-watched series in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland).
Overall, CBS had the most viewers (8.36 million) for the night, and ABC copped the night’s 18 to 49 demo with a 1.7 rating.
So the race is on for the 2014-15 TV fall season…
Promising change and tweaking this year, “Five-0” offered a mix of old and new. It was a lively and engaging episode, but you needed to suspend credibility.
- The bickering banter between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan), in a longish give-and-take reflecting on their nearly four years on the H50 task force, during psychoanalysis with an unseen therapist; also later in the usual race to the crime scene car. The aural see-saw has become smooth and satisfying ride, though as McG admits, it’s all about the ‘ohana. It was cutesy when Lilo told Stitch, in Disney’s Hawaii-set kiddie com, but McG?
- The season’s first utterance of “Book ‘em, Danno” from McG to Danno. More to come, of course. It’s been the trademark quote for years, the lasting notable quotable from the original Jack Lord-James MacArthur team.
- The rekindled romance between Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) and her reunited beau Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Hall). Will they hitch, or will they part?
- The presence of Jerry Ortega (Jerry Garcia), the conspiracy theorist, a crime solver with quirky and quizzical but effective means. The small screen lights up when he’s front and center,
- The residencuy of Lou Grover (Chi McBride), the displaced Chicago SWAT guy, who now makes the task force truy Five-0. Will he spar occasionally with McG, which had sizzle and fire, or will they remain best buddies?
- The past continues to haunt Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), who confronts imprisoned Gabriel (Christopher Sean), resulting in the restoration of Chin’s dubious past. Does he or doesn’t he have missing moolah? Surely, a bone to dig up in the future.
- Max Bergman (Masi Oka), the medical examiner, has a new assistant, Dr. Mindy Shaw (Amanda Sutton). Only time will tell if she’ll have the kind of repartee and relation like the dudes on “NCIS.” And we’ll have to wait to see what evolves in the lab.
- The lockdown of the city — with a focus on Waikiki — magnifies the issue of terrorism. In this case, the murder of a couple atop the Diamond Head lookout by a combat drone with a deadly machine-gun precision, is fresh, fierce and formidable. But a plane landing on Kalakaua? Where was the aerial backup security to prevent this? And abandoned cars on the freeway, instead of totally empty roads? Mark this one a fantasy — and check in your disbelief. Would you abandon your car and walk to safety? Not logical.
- Final thought: who needs Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), when the terrorist is Marco Reyes (Anthony Ruivivar), who doesn’t come to the party till very late in the show. In his short scene, he was threatening, menacing, and terrifying — TNT! — and he’ll recur in an ongoing story arc in two more episodes, including the next installment, “Ka Makuakane (Family Man). A villain in every sense of a procedural, with nerve and verve. And happily, he’s a local though now lives in California.
Good start to a new season, with expectations higher than ever. And your reaction?