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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17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. D. Lawrence says

    I would like to see it move to Wednesday evening. Friday isn’t a good night for the younger crowd and there may not be enough older viewers to carry it.

  2. Earl says

    If it were on a different night it would get better ratings. Show on Friday nights usually don’t do well with ratings. I love the love and tvo it every Friday. I hope they keep it.

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