HD Ratings: Pirates Ghost of a Chance Against Big Guns

The free-to-air premieres of blockbusters Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and The Avengers nearly sunk the final of TV One’s NZ Sunday Theatre season, Pirates of the Airwaves. It averaged 2.4% – 4.0% of the major demographics, compared to Nancy Wake: The White Mouse delivering 3.9% – 7.3% in the same slot the previous week. But […]

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Next Week in HD: August 2-8

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday ITM Fishing Show (TV One, 5.00) Rheem Outdoors With Geoff (TV3, 5.00) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) The Amazing Race (TV2, 6.00) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) Movie: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.00) Undercover […]

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HD Ratings: Resurrection Dips But Still Tops

TV2′s hot new drama series Resurrection rated lower in its third broadcast after last week’s record-breaking double-episode launch. But it still was up to three-and-a-half times more popular than the competition, averaging 7.4% – 14.8% of the key demographics. It topped 10% of adults 25-54 and household shoppers with kids, and sustained its audience over […]

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HD Ratings: Born Gets the Boot, Bang Big With Bob

TV One is ditching One Born Every Minute after TV2′s My Kitchen Rules and The Big Bang Theory crushed it in Wednesday’s ratings. MKR averaged 13.1% – 16.6% of the key demographics and rated as high as 17.6% of household shoppers with kids during the first half-hour of One Born Every Minute. The latter averaged […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 2-8

New comedy Surviving Jack didn’t survive its first season in the US but comes highly recommended — and not only if you’re a fan of its star, ex-SVU cop Christopher Meloni. It debuts as part of TV2′s Wednesday comedy block, at 10.00 on August 6, an hour after the season finale of The Big Bang […]

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HD Ratings: Golf Comedy Reverses TV3′s Rough Patch

Replacing Crisis and the latest season of Hawaii Five-O with an 18-year-old Adam Sandler comedy helped to stop the ratings rot for TV3 on Tuesday. Indeed, week-on-week in peak-hour TV3 was up in all the key demographics, and notably so with viewers aged 18-39, 18-49 and 25-54. Over two hours Happy Gilmore averaged 4.3% – […]

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HD Highlight: The Big Bang Theory (S7, E22)

The Big Bang Theory: TV2, 9.00 Wednesday. One of The Big Bang Theory’s seven Emmy Award nominations for its seventh season is for Bob Newhart’s guest stint as Professor Proton (Arthur). Despite starring in his own distinguished sitcoms for more than 25 years, Newhart didn’t win his first prime-time Emmy until he guest starred in the previous season […]

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New to Blu: July 23-29

Need for Speed races on to Blu-ray ahead of the US in 2D and 3D models brimming with extras. They explore what it took to capture the intense car stunts on camera, profile four generations of professional stuntmen, and reveal how the movie’s stunning soundscape helps put the audience in the driver’s seat by recording “car bys” –accelerations, donuts, […]

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HD Ratings: TV2 Top of the Pops

The live season finale of The Voice Australia helped TV2 to win Monday night in all the key demographics, although week-on-week its peak-hour ratings were down except among 25-54 year-olds. The Voice averaged 5.2% – 7.4% of the key demos, which was solid for post-9.30 but well below what the series had averaged in its […]

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HD Ratings: TV One Gives Rivals Wake-Up Call

Despite TV2 reinstating its Sunday Premiere Movie slot and TV3 launching The X Factor Australia, TV One was the “mouse” that roared on Sunday. TV2′s Mirror Mirror averaged 5.8% – 8.2% of the majors demographics to beat TV3′s premiere of Ted (4.5% – 6.8%) in all the key demos except 18-39 year-olds. It also out-rated TV […]

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More Sudden Scheduling Changes on TV3

TV3 today announced it was bringing forward a week the season premieres of HD factual-ent hits Prison Families and Family Secret. The two shows will screen back-to-back 7.30 Wednesday from July 30, replacing low-rating re-runs of Destroyed in Seconds and Crime Exposed. The changes follow TV3′s abrupt rescheduling of Crisis to late night and the […]

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This Week in HD: July 26-August 1

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday Rheem Outdoors With Geoff (TV3, 5.00) ITM Fishing Show (TV One, 5.25) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) The Amazing Race (TV2, 6.00) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) Movie: Sister Act (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.00) Undercover Boss USA (TV One, 8.30) Movie: Management (TV2, […]

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HD Highlight: Masters of Sex (Season Two Premiere)

Masters of Sex: SoHo, 8.30 Sunday. Season two of this seductive Mad Men successor opened to rapturous reviews this time last week in the US. TV Guide said the careers-in-limbo crisis facing fledgling sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) is “upstaged by the heartbreaking turns in the marriage of Bill’s tormented mentor […]

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TV3 Bumps Crisis and Hawaii Five-O

TV3 is replacing its struggling new drama series Crisis and its stablemate, Hawaii Five-O, with movies from Tuesday. Crisis will shift to 11.30 Thursdays, replacing re-runs of Bones, while Five-O has yet to be rescheduled. The first of the movies to screen 8.30 Tuesdays will be Happy Gilmore on July 22 and Dodgeball: A True […]

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HD Ratings: Resurrection Razes Wire

The most popular drama launch in three years, Resurrection, laid waste to two NZ HD hits on Thursday. Agent’s Anna’s demolition wasn’t surprising, given how season two of this Robyn Malcolm comedy has faltered, but after two weeks of winning its slot, the final instalment of Hope and Fire tumbled spectacularly. Episode two of Resurrection, […]

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