By Wayne Harada
Randy Couture as Jason Duclair
Despite a pretty good script — involving a jailed arsonist, a pyromaniac with a penchant for poetic notes linked to the childhood “Ladybug, Ladybug” rhyme,
a bomb-sniffing robot and two explosive scenes — CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” is flatlining in its Friday night ratings and viewership.
The second episode, themed “Lehu a Lehu (Ashes to Ashes),” drew a 1.0 rating in the 18 to 49 demographics and 9.038 million viewers in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) timeslot Friday (Oct. 2). That equaled the first episode of season six last week — status quo, no big gains.
This has prompted the zap2it website, which monitors TV ratings each week, to proclaim: “The first week of the 2015-16 season is in the books, and though several CBS shows are yet to premiere, one thing is clear: ‘Hawaii Five-0’ limped out of the gate.
“The season 6 premiere recorded series-low ratings, putting it at the back of the CBS pack in premiere week. With syndication deals already in place and the 100-episode mark in the rear view, it’s mostly a question of how much longer CBS wants it around.”
Not my observation, but the site's first impression of the so-so “H50” showing; it has not yet commented on the déjà vu nature of the impact, or lack thereof, of the second episode. But unless the figures start demonstrating an upward trend and a viable pulse rate, the obvious question arises: could this be the final “H50” season?
Friday’s best demo numbers (1.7 rating) were posted for ABC’s “Shark Tank” (same hour as “Five-0,” 6,729 viewers); ABC’s freshman show, “Dr. Ken,” snagged a 1.4 demo rating and 6,674 million viewers), a solid debut for a new show in the hour before “Five-0;”and the best viewership was logged by CBS’ “Blue Bloods” (11.089 million, 1.3 demo rating), matching last week’s performance.
“Lehu a Lehu” was frisky and fun, with a couple of menacing villains — each getting its due by the final credits.
Randy Couture, as the evil Jason Duclair, is suspected of the arsonist explosions, despite his being in the slammer. Even baddies have demons — Duclair’s is Rob Walsh as Andrew Trout, who wants fame and recognition beyond Duclair’s, but Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and team discover his poetry in his home and facial recognition technology helps put a face to his rampant crime while Duclair’s in prison.
Meanwhile, the Yakuza are still monitoring Kono (Grace Park) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), whose marriage and honeymoon are marked by torture and, in his case, PT. A sweet moment: she sits on his lap while he’s in a wheelchair, so he can “carry” her into their downsized home since the marriage.
And McG sounds like he’s about to pop the question, or at least show a ring for Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) third finger, left hand, in the next episode. It’s set up, and sealed with a kiss, in this one.
She, like Jerry (Jorge Garcia, continues to do cop work without a badge — she’s willing, but he’s building a case of say-a-good-word-for-me pledges from Kono to McG, so he can earn a paycheck.