Well, my friends, CBS has made the official announcement and our favorite show will be returning to our screens with the Season 8 premiere on Friday, September 29th at 9pm. Happily, both MacGyver (Season 2 premiere) and Blue Bloods (Season 8 premiere) are also returning that same night, bringing back the stellar Friday night crime block which proved so successful this past season.
CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves was recently quoted as saying “Friday night is the great unsung hero of our schedule…” and that he’s perfectly happy to “take ratings over Emmy statuettes any day.” It’s obvious the combination of these three shows on Friday nights has worked as CBS “dominates” the other networks for total viewers on that night.
Ratings for Hawaii Five-0 were wonderful for Season 7. H50 made the list of Entertainment Weekly’s top 50 shows of the 2016-17 season, coming in at #16, which means it was actually in the top 20 shows!
There were only two scripted shows whose live+same day ratings improved last season and let’s take a wild guess as to which show was one of the two. Yup… Hawaii Five-0.
And, according to TV by the Numbers: “Raise a glass to “The Simpsons,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Saturday Night College Football” and “The OT,” FOX’s NFL postgame show. Of the 95 returning series on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC this season, they were the only four to improve their live plus same-day adults 18-49 ratings vs. 2015-16.”
If that’s not awesome enough on the surface, please notice that of those four shows, two of them are NFL and College Football broadcasts, not scripted series. So only “The Simpsons” and H50 improved in this category among scripted shows.
It seems pretty obvious that our writers and producers are doing something very, very right with our show and the viewing masses are liking what they see and returning week after week for more.
Was it the fact that we saw more team centered episodes this season? Was it because we were treated to more of the occasional Steve/Danny centered episodes? Speaking of Steve and Danny, was it because they seemed to have returned to the wonderful “banter” of earlier seasons and left the more bitter “bickering” behind? Was it because fans appreciated seeing Steve finally getting the closure he needed and Alex wanted?
Who knows for sure what makes people tune into a show week after week. It’s great to see our show, the one we’ve loved from the beginning, not only keeping up, but gathering steam as they approach their 8th season. Whatever they’re doing in the production and writing offices, it’s working and 8 – 12 million people every week tuning their TVs to CBS at 9pm on Friday nights is the proof.
So, in less than three months, we’ll be settling down on our sofas, wine and popcorn at the ready to begin another stellar season of Hawaii Five-0. What would I like to see? Actually, that’s pretty simple. More of the same of what we got in Season 7. Team centered stories where everyone on the team is working together to solve the case of the week. I’d prefer not having a lot of “split” episodes where half of the team is working on something completely different. If we must split episodes, at least have the two crimes linked in some way.
I’m hoping for much more Steve and Danny time both solving crimes and outside the office. I absolutely adored the Steve/Danny/Charlie scenes we got this past season and the scene with Steve and Danny fixing up Charlie’s bedroom. I’d love to see more scenes like that. With Steve’s “illness” cliffhanger, I’m hoping we get to see a lot of worried, hovering, concerned Danny who’s there to not only always have Steve’s back at work but support outside work as well.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the team dynamic will be affected now that Kono has left (and I’m hoping this isn’t permanent because I just LOVE Kono). I’m also curious to see what Chin decides to do about the San Francisco offer and where that will lead. Change is never comfortable, no matter what form it comes in. I’m extremely interested to see how these things will be handled.
There’s more I could add but that’s enough from me. What would you like to see? This is your forum this week. Feel free to discuss any and all aspects of the show, it’s stories and it’s characters. No viewpoint or opinion is off limits. Pretend you’ve been invited into the writer’s room and asked for suggestions for the upcoming season. What would you say??? Have fun!
Aloha. Malama Pono
NOTE: Mahalo to my friend @Surfbelle2 for finding the links I needed to make sure my facts were straight. Luv ya Belle!
UPDATE: On Saturday 6/3/17, CBS aired a re-run of 7.06 Ka Hale Ho’okauweli – House of Horrors – Halloween Episode. One of our great readers, Ocean, pointed out something in one of the comments below: “When Steve and Danny are in the ME’s exam room with Max and they’re standing beside the body of the guy who was stabbed in the back of the neck — Max says he got a hit on some DNA, and as he turns to his computer to show them, look at Alex behind him. He’s got a huge grin going on as if they were laughing off camera and he obviously doesn’t realize the camera is including him in the frame for that few seconds of dialogue.”
I went back and watched that scene and Ocean is 100% right. There Alex is, grinning like the goof we all love. Since I have no clue how to, or even if I can, upload screencaps within a reply, I am posting them here.