TNT has scooped up the off-net rights to the CBS cop drama Hawaii Five-0, forking over some $2.4 million per episode.
Since its debut on Sept. 20, Hawaii Five-O has averaged 11.4 million total viewers over the course of 20 episodes, making it one of the 10 most watched dramas on TV. Season to date, CBS boasts 13 of the top 20 programs on broadcast, including the No. 1 drama, NCIS (19.9 million viewers through April 10).
TNT will begin airing Hawaii Five-0 in 2014.
While TNT already programs no fewer than eight original dramas, including the top-rated cable series The Closer, acquisitions make up a significant portion of the network’s mix. Over the past few years, TNT has picked up the off-net rights to Bones ($425,000 per episode) and The Mentalist ($2.5 million a pop).
“Hawaii Five-0 is a top-notch procedural drama that has already built a strong following,” said Michael Wright, evp and head of programming at TNT, TBS, and Turner Classic Movies, in announcing the acquisition. “[It] is an ideal fit for TNT’s lineup.”
A refresh of the 1968-80 Jack Lord series, Hawaii Five-0 stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Grace Park, and is produced in-house at the company's CBS Television Studios.
Holding down the Monday 10 p.m. time slot, Hawaii Five-0 debuted to 14.2 million viewers. The first season show hit its high-water mark on Jan. 23, drawing 19.3 million viewers leading out of CBS’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers-Jets battle had a record 54.9 million viewers.