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CBS Ratings Race: How Badly Is Hawaii Five-0 Doing?

Hawaii Five-0 in danger of being canceled?As fans of Hawaii Five-0 may already know, the CBS TV series isn’t having a great season. Is it on the chopping block to be cancelled?

The third season premiere brought in just a 1.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic, way down from the 3.4 rating from the start of season two. It looked like the poor debut might be a fluke but the three subsequent episodes haven’t performed much better. The fourth episode of the season registered a 2.1 rating, a lower number than the show had seen any time during seasons one or two.

Still, I don’t think the show is in danger of being cancelled. At the end of season three, Hawaii Five-0 should have about 70 episodes. That’s roughly enough for a syndication package but another season of 23-24 episodes would make a better one. CBS produces the series and they’ve already sold off-network rights so TNT can start airing it beginning Summer 2014. With CBS having financial incentive to keep the show going, I suspect Hawaii Five-0 is safe.

What do you think? Share your comments below.

Here are the CBS season averages as of Thursday, November 1, 2012:

CBS scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
The Big Bang Theory 4.9 (4.90) 15.42 season 6 ratings
Two and a Half Men 3.7 (3.65) 12.57 season 10 ratings
NCIS 3.6 (3.56) 18.89 season 10 ratings
2 Broke Girls 3.5 (3.50) 9.52 season 2 ratings
How I Met Your Mother 3.3 (3.30) 8.19 season 8 ratings
Criminal Minds 3.0 (3.04) 11.73 season 8 ratings
NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0 (3.02) 15.93 season 4 ratings
Mike & Molly 3.0 (2.95) 8.93 season 3 ratings
Person of Interest 2.9 (2.90) 14.10 season 2 ratings
Elementary 2.5 (2.50) 11.25 season 1 ratings
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.4 (2.44) 10.59 season 13 ratings
Partners 2.1 (2.13) 6.03 season 1 ratings
Vegas 2.0 (1.96) 12.06 season 1 ratings
Hawaii Five-0 2.0 (1.95) 8.28 season 3 ratings
The Mentalist 1.8 (1.82) 9.82 season 5 ratings
The Good Wife 1.8 (1.77) 9.50 season 4 ratings
Blue Bloods 1.4 (1.38) 10.57 season 3 ratings
CSI: NY 1.3 (1.32) 9.31 season 9 ratings
Made in Jersey (cancelled) 1.0 (0.95) 7.30 season 1 ratings
CBS non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Survivor: Philippines 2.9 (2.89) 10.34 cycle 25 ratings
The Amazing Race 2.6 (2.56) 9.42 cycle 21 ratings
60 Minutes 2.5 (2.52) 13.22 season 45 ratings
48 Hours 1.0 (0.96) 4.67 season 26 ratings

These charts incorporate the daily final CBS show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

brenda norsworthy November 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hawaii 5 0 is one of my very favorite shows. My family watches it religiously every week. Y he show has very good characters and character development. Please do cancel it!


ArchiesBoy August 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Why is the show doing so badly compared to the original — which ran for twelve years? The answer is that the original show used solid story lines. The stories hold up over time. The characters are solid and believable. The background music was always based on the theme song, which gave thematic continuity. Today’s H50 depends way too much on special effects, general razzledazzle. The plots are too thin, and too much goes on per show. The producers need to examine the original for what worked and incorporate it into the new show. ¶ Apparently, the fourth season is going to be shot merely to provide after-net shows for the TNT contract. Don’t look for a 5th season if H50 keeps on depending on gimmicks rather than solid stories. Good acting, good stories, good direction. That’s all that’s really needed. And today’s H50 needs them badly.


Sherry March 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

It’s hard to believe that any show survives against Monday Night Football – hooray for Tivo! I enjoyed Chin’s kidnapping. I love Will Pun Lee; his character is a royal pain but you want to ‘root’ for the bad guy. Danny has a little romance and then ‘poof’ – nothing. Adam has an evil brother – what happened to him? I want to see the ‘bad-ass’ Steve, like we saw in the pilot. Forget about all the romance, give me some suspense. Lead me to the end that I’m so sure I have it figured out and you knock me right outta my chair – like Hitchcock. Remember him? We can be entertained with smuggling drugs, people, battered women, cults and anything else you can think of and, at the same time learn about the State of Hawaii, its people, it challenges, the US Navy. Keep it real, keep it moving along. If NCIS is as popular as they say, look to its writing for examples. Get Steve involved in some sort of fatal attraction. Jack Lord was intense and full of his own ego, but that Steve could make you look forward to each and every episode. Your writers are in cruise control and just because the ladies think Alex is cute – we all want to see a man’s man. Women want him, men want to be like him. Woof!! Shake it up baby, I’d like to see a few more seasons, but you’re gonna have to come out fighting with better writing. I believe the cast can make it work – so bring it on! Does anybody remember Friday morning’s when you went to the office and everybody was talking about the previous night’s Seinfeld episode? How many years did it run?


John killen February 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love it and hope its renewed for a fourth season and give wo fat more episodes


Sonny Crockett November 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

“It is a bad show , weak plots and very poor acting.”
Seriously KARI….either you don’t watch or this show has to much testosterone for you….
CSI Miami was one CSI to many and good riddance…..


Sonny Crockett November 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Competition is fierce….Hawaii 5-0…..Revolution…Castle….ANNNND Monday Night Football is a major force also. New time slot may help…..still the best show out of the three…The November 12th show about terrorism and the 9-11 tie-in was the best of the series….IMHO..


R Myers November 10, 2012 at 1:31 am

I think the producers should have stayed with the premise in the the original Hawaii5-0…there was none of the “cutsy” banter back-and-forth all throughout the show in the original with Jack Lord & Co. Much better show than this remake….which has rather mediocre acting and stories.


Kat November 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Revolution has decimated this hotly contested slot (mostly between Castle and Hawaii Five-0) the same way Grimm did to the ultra-competitive (in terms of genre programming) Friday 9pm time slot. It’s really sad. There are entire hours/days I won’t watch broadcast television, while other slots are packed with shows I love.


Taylor November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I love this show! Apparently I must have bad taste in tv because it seems the stuff I like gets cancelled. I’m just not a fan of reality tv and comedies like Big Bang Theory and Two and a half men just don’t do anything for me. If they put on one more dancing or singing show, I think I will lose it!


lisa maas November 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

It is doing well in the live+7 rating, it is now 3.0 so what is the problem?
Episode 4 about 400.000 more viewers than episode 3 almost 12 million.
It increases every week. It is a great show, but most people prefer DVR, commercial
free indeed.


lac November 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I really enjoy Hawaii 5-0, but Monday at 10:00 p.m. is the hour to DVD not watch live for a large number of viewers, especially in the Eastern time zone. Revolution (on NBC) stole a lot of viewers for the first two months, but its viewership is steadily declining. I taped Revolution and watched, but my interest waned quickly. I just wish that the writing on Hawaii Five 0 would improve (hello and thanks writers of Person of Interest and Elementary!) It’s good, but not great (sorry). That being said, the actors on H50 are fantastic – love the Danno and Steve bromance as well as the cousins, Chin and Kono. Support actors are fabulous and the guest stars add a little bit of flavor to their scenes.


Kari November 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The poor debut was not a fluke . What happened is that last season the show got a lead in of 7.7 demo from 2 Broke Girls and that was the only reason it got a 3.4 demo in the last season premiere. And actually that 3.4 demo after a 7.7 demo lead in was bad, the drop was huge. The numbers were inflated last season until Christmas because of 2.5 man. If not this show would had bombed earlier.
It is a bad show , weak plots and very poor acting , that got very lucky for 2 seasons with a huge lead in and 0 competition from NBC, and now that those things are gone the show is showing its real strength. The show is a 0. It is not even improving much after the DVD results .
But yes, it will probably get another season because of syndication. Only reason, not because it is a good or popular show, but because of the syndication money,
CBS made a mistake killing csi Miami with this silly remake.


Karen November 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I don’t think the show is in any danger at all. I do feel that if it was on earlier, 9:00 pm rather than 10:00 pm, it would have a larger “live” viewing vs. a dvr viewing. I, for one, never miss it and dvr it also. It’s the best show out there. I’m amazed at the amount of crap shows and reality shows that have survived, so being hoping they get rid of them before even thinking about H5-0.


Mirra November 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

I usually tape it too. Do they count that? Or do you have to watch it while its on for more ratings. I will be sad if it gets cancelled. I love that show.


Marie November 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

we DVR the show and watch it the next night. Commercial free.


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