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Friday Overnight ratings for March 14th’s “Ma Lalo O Ka ‘Ili”

March 17th, 2014 by
Danny decides to play (re)match-maker for his parents, Clara and Eddie Williams (Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger) (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Danny decides to play (re)match-maker for his parents, Clara and Eddie Williams (Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger)
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Last Friday’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Ma Lalo O Ka ‘Ili (Beneath the Surface),” brought the three-episode “Ma Williams” story arc to an end, tying it up — for now, anyway — with a romantic bow and a re-creation of Clara (Melanie Griffith) and Eddie (Tom Berenger) Williams’ first date. When not busy being a loving and supportive son, Danny joined his teammates in solving the crime du jour — in this instance, an apparent murder and abduction. Meanwhile, Chin Ho’s old high-school buddy Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia, promoted to series regular for Season 5) resuscitated McGarrett’s Toolbox Mysteries from Season 1 by discovering a coded message hidden under a coat of nonstandard red paint.

While the ratings picture for CBS was blurred somewhat by basketball tournament preemptions in some markets, Five-0 came in with a 1.4/5 rating in the 18-49 demo, matching the ratings for the two previous weeks and staying in the ten-million-plus total viewer range.

Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 14, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.3 5 7.07
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 5 6.39
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 3 4.90
FOX Rake 0.5 2 1.91
CW Whose Line is it Anyway -R 0.4 2 1.32
8:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 0.9 3 3.92
CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.40
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 7 7.42
NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5.41
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.4 5 10.06
FOX Enlisted 0.6 2 1.57
CW Colin & Brad -R 0.3 1 0.95
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 0.5 2 1.55
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.9 6 7.13
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 12.02
NBC Hannibal 0.9 3 2.59

It’s official! Hawaii Five-0 renewed for a fifth season!

March 13th, 2014 by
Jorge Garcia's Jerry Ortega will join the Five-0 Ohana as a series regular for Season 5 (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega will join the Five-0 Ohana as a series regular for Season 5
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Season Five is a go! CBS issued a press release today confirming Hawaii Five-0 as one of 20 shows picked up for the Fall 2014 season.

While there were many who felt the move to Friday would be the death of Five-0, the show’s performance in tandem with Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods has proven them wrong. Ratings have remained good and, above all, steady, while total viewer figures have trended steadily upwards — both likely factors in CBS’s decision to renew.

The renewal announcement wasn’t the only Season 5 news; The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed in an exclusive report that LOST alum Jorge “Hurley” Garcia will be joining Hawaii Five-0 as a series regular in Season 5.  Garcia’s character Jerry Ortega, who will have appeared in at least four episodes by season’s end, is an old high-school buddy of Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly.  Jerry’s knowledge of conspiracy theory and so-called black projects makes him an invaluable, if unorthodox, asset to Five-0.

THR spoke with executive producer Peter Lenkov about Garcia’s contribution to the stories and his addition to the cast.

“Jorge very quickly made Jerry an unlikely and valuable part of the Five-0 Ohana,” said Lenkov. “We have many opportunities planned to put Jerry’s unusual and infectious desire to put the bad guys to good use.”

Garcia will appear in both the upcoming March 14th and March 21st episodes.

Press Release courtesy of CBS and Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers



Combined With Two Previously Announced Renewals, Network Has Now Picked Up 20 Returning Series for 2014-2015

Returning Series Will Include the #1 Drama, #1 Comedy, #1 New Comedy and #1 News Program

CBS, America’s most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.

“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”

The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.

The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners Person Of Interest, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods; as well as Criminal Minds, Elementary and the acclaimed drama THE Good Wife.

The renewed comedies are 2 Broke Girls, THE MILLERS, which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit Two and a Half Men.

In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.

Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 Minutes, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.

In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for The Big Bang Theory. Previously, the Network announced two more editions of the reality series SURVIVOR for next season.

Season-to-date, CBS is television’s #1 network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, averaging 10.84 million viewers.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”

March 13th, 2014 by

Don’t miss the first few minutes of this week’s episode! Two words – Shirtless McGarrett. You’re welcome.

We can look forward to meeting Danny’s father (Tom Berenger) who comes to Hawaii to make amends with his wife, Melanie Griffith. This will end the planned three story arc involving Danny’s mother.

Remember the young lady that McGarrett rescued in the pilot? She was a trafficking victim being held captive in a closet by a bad guy who shot Danny.  Allison Chu played Chen Chi in the pilot but look for her as Amy Nguyen in this episode.

There is another “Lost” star returning to the island.  Although uncredited in the series, Francois Chau played the creepy Dharma doctor, Pierre Chang, in the Dharma Initiative instructional videos. He then had a more regular role in Season 5 with a connection to many of the main characters.   Lostie Jorge Garcia who has a reoccurring role on Hawaii Five-0, returns with more conspiracy theories…and more hugs for McGarrett.

BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater in the Twilight series) and Moani Hara (Miss Hawaii USA 2014) also appear this week.


3hotguys417From CBS

“*Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” – Five-0 aims to uncovers the sordid truth when a girl is taken from her home and her father is shot in the process.  Meanwhile, Danny tries to get his parents back together and Jerry deciphers a code he found on the bottom of McGarrett’s champ box, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return and Tom Berenger guest stars.

(*“Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” is Hawaiian for “Beneath the Surface”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)



Conor Leslie     (Kelly Donovan)

Tom Berenger     (Eddie Williams)

Moani Hara     (Jenny)

James Brennan     (Sam)

Booboo Stewart     (Tommy Fa’aloa)

Francois Chau     (Gary ‘Aikapu)

Erwin Castillo     (Delivery Man)

Allison Chu     (Amy Nguyen)

Noshir Dalal     (Jay Cooper)

Keoni Kramer     (Car Owner)


STORY BY:     Bill Haynes

TELEPLAY BY:  Bill Haynes and John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

Overnight Ratings for Five-0′s “Hoku Welowelo”

March 12th, 2014 by
Plagued by nightmares, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) decides to talk to Grover (Chi McBride) (Image courtesy of CBS)

Plagued by nightmares, McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) decides to talk to Grover (Chi McBride)
(Image courtesy of CBS)

March 7th’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, “Hoku Welowelo (Fire in the Sky),” sends Five-0 on a wild roller-coaster ride through murder, conspiracy, and high-stakes espionage, aided by Jorge Garcia’s quirky conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega.

A charming and funny B-story is provided by the unlikely pairing of Clara Williams (Melanie Griffith) and Captain Lou Grover (H50 regular Chi McBride). Bored and itching to see more of her son’s work, Clara side-steps Danny’s objections and convinces Steve to set her up for a ride-along with Grover, who proves to be an insightful and gracious host.

Friday overnight ratings figures paralleled those from the previous week, with Five-0 earning a 1.4/5 in the 18-49 demo and a total viewer tally of 10.27 million. These ratings and share figures are in line with Five-0′s season average, and the 10.27 million figure continues the show’s overall increase in total viewers.

Ratings table for Friday, March 7th courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By the Numbers

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 7, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline 1.5/5 7.457
CBS Undercover Boss 1.4/5 7.461
ABC Last Man Standing 1.3/5 6.10
FOX Bones – R 0.7/3 3.29
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.5/2 1.39
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.56
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.5/2 1.33
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/7 7.49
NBC Grimm 1.5/5 5.64
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.4/5 10.27
FOX Enlisted 0.7/2 1.82
CW Star-Crossed – R 0.2/1 0.54
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 0.5/2 1.58
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.8/6 7.60
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4/5 11.87
NBC Hannibal 0.8/3 2.64

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Hōkū Welowelo”

March 6th, 2014 by

Melanie Griffith appears as the mother of Danno Williams for the second of a three episode story arc. This week, she’s packing some heat when she joins Grover on a ride along. Danny is always worried that McGarrett will get him shot, will he have to worry about his mom too? Looks like she is ready to jump into the line of fire.

Danny’s mom isn’t the only one taking down the bad guys. Jorge Garcia joins in the fun by tasing a suspect. What kind of conspiracy theories will he come up with relating to a downed satellite and national security? I love the addition of his character to the show and noticed that the press release for this episode now shows Jorge as “recurring.” Could this mean he returns next year assuming there is a fifth season of Hawaii Five-0?

Looks like the episode is a wee bit longer than usual – instead of ending on the hour, it will end 1 minute later. What do you think that means? An extended preview for next week or setting the scene for the finale perhaps? Only 6 episodes left, yet there has been very little mention of McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat this season.

From CBS



Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia Return

“*Hōkū Welowelo” – Five-0 investigates a triple homicide connected to a downed top-secret Chinese satellite, while Grover takes Danny’s mother on a ride-along, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 7 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return.

(*Hōkū Welowelo”is Hawaiian for “Fire in the Sky”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)



Laura Grace D’Angeli     (Meg Spitz)

Billy Flynn     (Nick Spitz)

Elaine Tan     (Zi Chen)

Patrick St. Esprit     (Vice Admiral Graham Rhodes)

Douglas Nettel     (Iggy)

Michael Neumann     (Jake)

Boo Arnold     (Kevin Palmer)

Wendy Pearson     (Vicki)

Bear Woznick     (Captain)

Curtis J. Jackson     (D.O.D. Spook)


WRITTEN BY:     Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY:      Jeffrey Hunt

“Heartbreaking decision” ahead for McGarrett (SPOILERS!)

March 4th, 2014 by
Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride)
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

According to Natalie Abrams of TV Guide’s Mega Buzz column, McGarrett’s going to have more burning coals heaped on his head as Season 4 draws to a close.

Given what we’ve learned from on-set location pics and other teases, it’s likely the Mega Buzz spoiler refers to events in episode 4.21. It’s also possible that these events are part of a flashback storyline, as was the case with last season’s “SEAL Steve” episode and its pre-pilot storyline. Time will tell.

Would love any Hawaii Five-0 scoop you can offer. — AmyN, via Twitter
McGarrett and Catherine will head to the Middle East for an off-the-grid mission that goes awry, leaving McGarrett injured and forced to make a heartbreaking decision.

Overnight ratings for Five-0′s “Pale ‘Ia (Buried Secrets)

March 1st, 2014 by

Danny (Scott Caan) and mom Clara Williams (Melanie Griffith) share a quiet moment.
(Screencap courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s first new episode since January 31st, “Pale ‘Ia (Buried Secrets),” gave us our long-awaited introduction to Ma (Melanie Griffith) Williams — Clara to her friends. She blows into town with a U-Haul trailer’s worth of luggage and an equal amount of stress, angst and unsettling news for Danno.

Even more unsettling is the discovery of a curiously desiccated corpse stuffed between layers of dry-wall in an upscale manse — the episode’s “buried secret” of a murder case.

Meanwhile, Cap’n Grover (Chi McBride) has a few buried secrets of his own that an opportunistic reporter is itching to blab to the world, and Steve is none too pleased with the intrusive behavior.

As ratings go, “Pale ‘Ia” came in with an initial overnight rating of 1.4 in the 18-49 demo, with 10.44 million viewers. While the ratings were down by four tenths of a point compared to January 31st’s episode, which scored a season-high 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, Five-0 won its timeslot in total viewers, as did Blue Bloods.

Ratings table courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV By The Numbers.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 28, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.3 5 7.67
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 6.22
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2 5 6.59
FOX Bones -R 0.7 3 3.39
CW Whose Line is it Anyway -R 0.4 2 1.34
9:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 1.0 4 4.52
CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.43
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 2.1 7 7.83
NBC Grimm 1.4 4 5.19
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.4 5 10.44
FOX Enlisted 0.6 2 1.84
CW Star-Crossed -R 0.2 1 0.55
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 0.6 2 1.79
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.8 6 7.33
CBS Blue Bloods 1.4 5 11.80
NBC Hannibal -P 1.1 4 3.35

Up Next On Hawaii Five-0; “Pale ‘la”

February 27th, 2014 by

It’s finally here – Friday, February 28th brings us a new episode of Hawaii Five-0! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we get to meet Danny William’s mom, played by Melanie Griffith of “Working Girl” fame.  And if THAT wasn’t exciting enough, we get to watch as Danno explains why he doesn’t get to drive his own car!  OK, maybe that part will be more fun than exciting, but I’m still looking forward to it.

On the more serious side, we’ll find out what drove Lou Grover out of Chicago, and based on the promos, it was a traumatic event.  I’m betting McGarrett and the team will rally around their new found friend.

Side note – “Pale ‘la” is directed by Jerry Levine, husband of CBS Chairman (and longtime Alex O’Loughlin supporter,) Nina Tassler.

Scott Caan and Melanie Griffith as Danny and Clara Williams


 “*Pale ‘la” – While Five-0 investigates the murder of a real estate agent whose body was found in the walls of one of his listings, Danny is thrown when his mother comes to Oahu with shocking news, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Pale ‘la is Hawaiian for “Buried Secrets”)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, say ALOHA 2 @MelanieGriffith – she’s Danno’s mom and her news is going to blow his hair back! 2/28 9PM ET/PT http://bit.ly/M0sJkV


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)



Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Daryl Hannah     (Cherie Tranton)



Michael Green     (Gerard Burns)

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Duke Kimhan     (Akoni Sakata)

Jennifer Say Gan     (Inoa Sakata)

Ethan Emby     (Sean Hutton)

Bayani Ison     (Jimmy Chan)

Eugene Cordero     (George Moku)

Benjamin Simpson     (Ethan)

David Simmons     (Paul Hartley)

Jamie Sheppard     (SWAT Member)

Troy Apostol     (Buyer #1)


WRITTEN BY:     Moira Kirkland

DIRECTED BY:      Jerry Levine

Danno’s mom rolls into town

February 26th, 2014 by

In June of 2012, Melanie Griffith played the mother of Scott Caan’s character in “No Way Around But Through,” a play penned by the Hawaii Five-0 actor.  Apparently the chemistry between the two was enough to impress executive producer Peter Lenkov, who subsequently cast the actress as the mother of Caan’s Five-0 character, Danny Williams.

Access Hollywood recently got the scoop from show-runner Lenkov, (below) and you can catch Griffith’s first appearance as Clara Williams, this Friday, February 28th on CBS 9/8C.


Melanie Griffith gives Scott Caan a kiss on the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ set

Hawaii Five-0” fans are about to understand a little more about Danny “Danno” Williams when they meet his mom, played by Melanie Griffith, this Friday night on the CBS drama.

“If you know Danny… yeah, he’s a little [tightly] wound… and I think you wanna believe that a lot of that could’ve come from her,” “H50” Executive Producer Peter Lenkov told AccessHollywood.com.

There wasn’t far to go to find the right actress to play Clara Williams. Lenkov said he realized how perfect Griffith would be after watching her act opposite “H50” star Scott Caan on the stage.

“Scott wrote a play where Melanie played his mom. I went to see them together. I thought the chemistry was amazing. I totally believed her as his mom and it was as easy as that,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to cast the mom and I just knew that she was gonna be it. The minute I saw them together I said, ‘I can’t have anybody else.’”

Clara will be flying into Honolulu, and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) will be part of the welcoming party for Danny’s mom and her rather enormous pile of luggage.

 “I think he finds her very charming,” Lenkov said when Access asked about Steve’s reaction to Clara. “I think Danny was very suspicious of McGarrett’s mother, but I think [Steve] finds [Danny’s] mother very charming.”

As for what brings Clara to her son’s doorstep, it turns out to be romantic troubles with Danny’s dad, who is being played by Tom Berenger. It’ll be a shock for Danny, who will deal with his parents’ potential split over the course of Melanie’s three-episode arc, but Steve will be there to lend him some advice.

“[He] wants Danny to cut her a little slack. She’s an adult, she’s making a decision. You can’t decide for her how her life’s gonna go. And you’ll see a lot of that dynamic play between them in the three episodes,” Lenkov said.

Lenkov said to expect some emotional material when it comes to this mother and son pair.

“Her big thing is trying to get her son to understand — and Danny relates to it because he got divorced. He knows what his daughter went through. There’s going to be some emotional stuff. We like to wear our heart on our sleeve sometimes, and you’re gonna see a lot of that in [Danny] coming to terms with the fact that his parents may divorce,” Lenkov noted.

Final Friday ratings boost Five-0 to a new high

February 4th, 2014 by


While Danny’s not sure what to make of Grace’s newly-found fondness for fisticuffs, Steve sees something quite different; she’s scrappy, stubborn, loyal to a fault — “She’s you.”
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s season-high ratings for January 31st’s “Na hala a ka makua (Sins of the Father)” got an additional boost when Final Friday adjusted ratings figures were released.

Initial results showed Five-0 bringing in a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo with a 5 share and 11.13 total viewers — the show’s highest unadjusted demo rating and episode viewership for the season. The adjusted figures saw Five-0 making gains in all three areas — up a tenth to 1.8 in the demo, up to a 6 share, and up to 11.24 million viewers.  Earning a 1.8 rating in the key demo put Five-0 in first place for the CBS lineup, edging past usual demo winner Undercover Boss.

Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers Cancellation Bear was also impressed with Hawaii Five-0′s performance, moving the show into “Certain to be Renewed” territory.

Final Friday adjusted ratings tables courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the numbers.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 31, 2014:

Time Net Show 18-49 rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.7/6 9.21
FOX Bones 1.6/6 6.78
ABC Last Man Standing 1.5/5 6.92
NBC Hollywood Game Night – R 0.9/3 3.40
CW The Carrie Diaries 0.3/1 0.86
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.1/4 4.28
9:00 ABC Shark Tank (9-10:01PM) 2.1/7 7.49
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.8/6 11.24
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.2/4 6.01
FOX Enlisted (9-9:31PM) 0.8/3 2.79
CW Supernatural – R 0.3/1 0.76
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 0.6/2 1.85
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.7/5 5.37
CBS Blue Bloods 1.6/5 12.93