Ratings: Campbell Live takes day off, TV3 enjoys 44% audience increase

It was a short week last week thanks to Easter and both Seven Sharp and Campbell Live taking Good Friday off. Dropping the typically lower Friday figures from the weekly average has once again helped as both shows enjoyed a lift in average audience.

TV One’s current affairs program had a 10% rise in the average audience to 453,890 viewers per night while TV3 had a 12% rise from their all time low to 172,420.


What will be more troubling for Campbell Live is that with the show being replaced by Road Cops on Friday, the average audience when compared to the previous 4 Fridays was up 44%.

Last week, the NBR claimed that Mediaworks board member and manager Julie Christie had made it known that John Campbell’s days were numbered. Recent ratings should reinforce Christie’s concern for the 7pm time slot.

Year on year, Campbell Live was down 26% on 2014 and 41% on 2013. Meanwhile, TV One’s Seven Sharp continues to go from strength to strength, up 13% on last year and 24% on 2013.

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  • Shannon Ryan

    That concern about Campbell Live’s performance was probably why their 10-year anniversary was made such a big deal of… because they might not get to 11. TV3 would be silly to let him go altogether so perhaps have him host a revamped 3rd Degree.

    I think a NZ version of The 7pm Project would do well, as Seven Sharp has gone back to current affairs with Mike Hosking at the helm. TV3 have become known for comedy with their popular Friday night block with enough comedic talent to bring to 7pm.

    It would be a good idea to move the upcoming Sam Hayes-David Farrier show to 7pm with Dai Henwood, Paul Ego etc. as regular contributors. Then Nightline could return to 10.30pm with Sacha McNeil with a Campbell-Live-style segment at the end.

    • benpaul12

      That timeslot is probably where they should put MasterChef, 4 nights per week…

  • Anti-drama Queen

    This post needs a bump