Specifically, we are speaking about a pair of shows on CBS in “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods,” which are each about to go on a run for a few weeks without any repeats filling up the schedule. The advantage for the two airing tonight is pretty simple: A lack of competition elsewhere. There is no new episode of “Shark Tank” airing on ABC tonight, and the same goes from “Grimm” and “Constantine” over on NBC. Even when the NBC lineup returns, “Constantine” will be doing so at a different time. Therefore, provided that people are around and ready to watch TV, there is not a whole lot of competition out there.
As for whether or not there is anything exceptionally notable about these two episodes, that is a different story. These appear to mostly be standalone hours, with cases that you can dive into and get right out of once they come off the air. This happens often when you are a procedural, and also air at least 20 episodes a season.
The biggest thing that each show should hope for is steadiness in 18-49 viewership. Their total-viewer counts are tremendous, but they need to ensure that they keep CBS advertisers happy. We’ve already complained aplenty about the whole “younger viewers matter most” mentality, but at the end of the day, the advertisers are the ones paying the big bucks. Ratings-wise, we feel like “Blue Bloods” is a little more secure for another season than “Hawaii Five-0.”
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