HD Ratings: Big Bang Theory Streets Ahead

TV2 was the big winner on Wednesday (again), increasing its ratings and shares week-on-week in all the major demographics while its HD rivals were up and down. Its two-hour comedy block was unassailable, with 8.30 lynchpin The Big Bang Theory (above) steaming ahead to average a whopping 14.2% – 16.1%. That made it the most-watched show […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 26-May 2

TV One and TV2 are giving their autumn schedules a spring clean with reality and variety series gazumping scripted comedies and dramas. The overhaul starts in the last week of April, when the low-rating Mr Selfridge relocates to 9.30 Sunday, pushing another drama casualty, Rake, back to 10.25. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Life (in […]

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HD Ratings: Networks’ Tuesday Staples Neck-and-Neck

Tuesday continues to be one of the week’s most competitive nights, with all three HD networks see-sawing in the ratings. TV2 made big week-on-week gains with household shoppers with kids while TV3 won the night with its target audience, 25-54 year-olds. The up-and-down nature of the night was highlighted at 8.30, when TV2’s Step Dave […]

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New to Blu: TV > April 16-22

The same week Sons of Anarchy’s two-part season-six finale goes to air (TV3, 9.30 Wednesday), season five at last bows on Blu-ray. Given the season came out eight months ago in the US, it’s bizarre that 20th Century Fox didn’t time its NZ release to coincide with February’s premiere of season six – a binge-viewing […]

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New to Blu: Movies & Music > April 16-22

Whatever Homefront’s creative shortcomings, the Sylvester Stallone-scripted thriller starring Jason Statham hits a home run on Blu-ray. “The 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer on Homefront is immediately striking for the copious amount of detail provided in nearly every scene, the clean, defined edges that are constantly present, and the bright vivid colours depicting the lush greenery […]

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LG Unveils World’s Biggest OLED TV for NZ Plus Expanded UHD Line-Up

LG’s 2014 range of TVs will include the world’s largest Ultra HD Curved OLED model and an HD hybrid TV that combines Freeview satellite and terrestrial tuners. The company unveiled its line-up tonight to media in Auckland but has yet to provide pricing and release dates. It also demonstrated the biggest change to their Smart […]

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HD Ratings: Movie Casts Pall Over Nightmares

TVNZ’s 9.30 Monday shows proved vulnerable to TV3’s re-run of the movie Paul, with both The Following and Kitchen Nightmares losing to it in all the major demographics except household shoppers with kids. The ET comedy averaged 4.4% – 5.6% and largely lost the 8.30 hour to TV2’s comedies and TV One’s Person of Interest. […]

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HD Ratings: TV2 Flexes Movie Muscle

The network premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man spun amazing ratings for TV2’s Friday blockbuster slot. It averaged 7.5% – 12.3% of the major demographics and was most watched from 7.30-8.30. But TV3 clawed back some of these viewers with The Graham Norton Show (6.8% – 9.5%) and won the 9.30 hour with its Kiwi comedies. […]

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Next Week in HD: April 19-25

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Modern Family (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) MasterChef Masterclass (TV One, 7.30) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Season Premiere: Endeavour (TV One, 8.30) CSI: NY (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) CSI: NY (TV3, 9.25, 5.1) Hannibal (TV3, 10.25, 5.1, F) Call […]

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HD Ratings: Selfridges to Close?

How much longer can TV One afford to keep Mr Selfridge open in peak hour after Thursday’s episode? The department store drama was beaten by not only HD rivals Arrow and CSI but also the TV One programmes that preceded and followed it. It averaged merely 1.6% – 3.0% of the major demographics, and only […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 19-25

Tuesday is the networks’ new HD battleground while the PVR pick of the week starting April 19 is the late-night launch of an acclaimed cop drama from the creator of The Shield. TV One is overhauling Tuesdays with a new 7.30 double-bill of HD half-hours – the premiere of Women in Blue and the return […]

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HD Ratings: Rivals Nab TV2 Viewers

TV2 took another hit Tuesday with near-season lows for Step Dave and Revenge while TV One was on a roll with its earlier wildlife hour delivering a strong lead-in for its two-hour doco block. TV One sharply improved its peak-hour ratings and shares week-on-week, TV3’s were steady (with the bonus an upsurge among household shoppers […]

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New to Blu: April 9-15

Hobbit fans with 3D TVs should opt for the 3D Blu-ray of the trilogy’s second instalment, The Desolation of Smaug. “The level of depth in the 3D stereo window is amazing. “Actors, objects, and background appear in multiple planes, which is only enhanced by Jackson’s directing style of constantly moving camera, which allows objects to […]

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HD Ratings: Road Cops and Robots Rock

TV3’s Monday ratings got a lift from Road Cops getting into top gear and I, Robot still having surprising pulling power. As a result, TV3 posted big gains in its Monday night ratings and shares over the previous week while TV One’s improved more modestly but enough for it to win the night with adults 25-54 […]

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HD Ratings: Top Gear Takes Bite Out of MasterChef NZ

Revved-up ratings for Prime’s Top Gear dented the appeal of Sunday’s cooking shows on TV One and TV3. The season finale of the SD petrolhead hour averaged 6.1% – 6.6% of the major demographics, compared to 4.8% – 8.8% for MasterChef NZ and 3.8% – 6.2% for The Great Food Race. MasterChef only lost to […]

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