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'Hawaii Five-0' gets 19.3 million viewers following football

By Mike Gordon

LAST UPDATED: 2:06 p.m. HST, Jan 24, 2011

Proving football on a frozen field goes well with sunny images of Waikiki Beach, a special Sunday broadcast of "Hawaii Five-0"  drew a whopping 19.3 million viewers when CBS aired a new episode after the NFL's AFC championship game last night, according to Nielsen ratings numbers released today by the network.

The episode, which featured both Grace Park and Scott Caan dressed in demograpic-grabbing beachwear, attracted 5.6 percent of adults 18-49 who watch TV.

The episode with a tsunami plot line began with Kono in a bikini as she gave surfing lessons to a bare-chested Danno.

During its regular Monday night 9 p.m. time period, "Hawaii Five-0" averages 13.25 million viewers.

It's the first of six "Hawaii Five-0" episodes airing over the next 16 days.

Episodes will also air at 9 p.m. Monday, Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 6 and 7 on KGMB.

The Feb. 7 episode will be new.

Airing so many episodes in a short period - new or not - is a sign of the show's strength, said Walea Constantinau, commissioner of the Honolulu Film Office.

"You don't get that kind of repeat play unless there is value to the show," she said. "It shows a lot of pride and confidence in the show."

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