Hawaii Five-O Rescheduling Could be Show’s Last Chance

Last night’s episode of Hawaii Five-O, which was pre-empted by TV3’s extraordinary coverage of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, has been rescheduled to 8.30 tonight.

It replaces the previously advertised episode of SVU and will follow the return of 60 Minutes.

The move will determine whether Five-O stays in primetime — if it can’t capitalise on the bumper audience the newsmag’s earthquake special delivers, then its days in peak hour will be numbered after two weeks of dismal ratings.

Last night’s ‘quake coverage saw TV One and TV3 virtually neck-and-neck in the major ratings demographics; their coverage will continue for most of the day.

TV One’s will be commercial-free until 11pm whereas TV3 will take a break from 12.30pm-4.30pm, then run quake coverage until 8.30pm.

The 60 Minutes bulletin will follow an hour-long Campbell Live and include the dramatic story of two families looking for loved ones; if Five-O doesn’t get a lift on the back of this, could it be because, as Entertainment Weekly suggested, the show “needs some real sexual tension” (which a new recurring character played by Larisa Oleynik could provide)?
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