As we were forced to remind ourselves today that there is no new episode of Hawaii Five-0 airing on CBS tonight, we came to a pretty shocking revelation: We haven’t written all that much about its renewal prospects! Consider this article a chance to rectify that. There’s a lot to discuss today in regards to the future of the CBS show, but one word describes our current sentiment more than anything else: Optimism. We remain hopeful that more good things are coming, largely because there is no real reason to feel anything else.
We always begin these renewal odds discussions by taking a look at the ratings; to date, season 9 is averaging a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The bad news when you look at this is a drop of around 15% versus the season 8 average. Is that a bummer? Sure, but 15% is these days is about how much the majority of shows out there drop. There’s not really anything all that different here; Hawaii Five-0 is mostly just following the trend of young people making an exodus from traditional TV. Consider this the part of the article where we come dangerously close to yelling “get off my lawn” — there is a generation of viewers these days who are so focused on convenience (i.e. watching shows when they want and skipping commercials) that in turn, they forget a little bit about traditional TV economics.
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Here’s the good news worth reporting, though — with almost 7.5 million total weekly viewers, Hawaii Five-0 is actually down less than 10% from what we saw during season 9. That’s much better in terms of a retention rate, and both of these figures make the show one of Friday’s most-popular programs. It may not have the demo of a Last Man Standing or a total viewership of a Blue Bloods, but Hawaii Five-0 is largely killing it nonetheless.
The most important thing worth noting, though, is that there has been zero discussion publicly about Hawaii Five-0 ending this season. Zilch. Nada. Our feeling is that if your show makes it past the traditional contract length for its cast (six or seven seasons), you deserve some sort of proper farewell. Criminal Minds got it, and they’re not even owned fully by CBS! We like to think, with this in mind, that the folks over at Hawaii Five-0 will get a chance to have a proper season, whenever it does come to a close. There’s also been no discussion publicly about major cast members departing, which is nice given that entering season 8, there were a lot of questions surrounding the future of Alex O’Loughlin.
Our current feeling, for now…
Don’t worry too much about it and focus on what matters: The pristine visuals, the action, the Steve – Danno arguments, and the Ohana atmosphere. CBS will probably announce a renewal at some point over the next couple of months; typically, they don’t make you wait until May for a Hawaii Five-0 renewal, and hopefully, that is a tradition that lasts this year.
If you missed it…
Willie Garson is going to be returning a little bit later this month! You can read some more news all about it now over at the link here.
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