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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.

On Friday, NZ On Air had their latest funding decision meeting. Very shortly we will hear whether Mediaworks have managed to convince the state funding body to pour millions of dollars into a new locally made soap for TV3. But is it the right time to be launching a new soap opera in New Zealand? Sure, it’ll be great for jobs in the short term, but are people still watching these types of shows?

Today, lets take a look at the ratings for both Shortland Street and Home and Away. Shortland Street has been the biggest success story of local drama for more than two decades on New Zealand Television. It has anchored TV2’s weeknight line up and delivered consistent ratings but as we explored recently, TV2 has suffered with a drop in channel share of 20% in 2010 to only 13% in 2015.

While Shortland Street is still the most watched show on TV2 for the majority of the week, it usually has the highest average audience in the key 25-54 demo.

However, 2015 has seen a slump in the viewership stakes with one of the biggest falls we’ve observed. Continue reading »

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

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Here are a few take aways from the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The most watched pool game was the All Blacks vs Tonga with an average audience of 600,850 viewers.

The least watched pool game was between Canada and Romania. The average audience for this match was less than a thousand people. Continue reading »

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PRIME_NEWS_LOGO_First at 530At the start of 2015 it was announced that Mediaworks would be producing Prime’s 5:30pm nightly news bulletin. As the 3 News ratings fell, there was excitement from some quarters when Prime outrated TV3’s 6pm bulletin.

But how has Prime News performed really? Well there is some good news and some bad news. Compared to last year, the average audience for Prime News is up 6% to approximately 137,000 viewers per night. Continue reading »

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

3 NewsIn July of 2013, in the midst of a receivership, TV3 lost the Australian soap Home and Away as its lead in to 3 News. Home and Away had been long credited as setting up TV3’s nightly schedule with the audience that it delivered at 5:30pm sticking around for the rest of the evening.

In Home and Away’s absence, the first few weeks saw the average audience for the 5:30pm timeslot drop by more than three quarters. The flow on effect, however, wasn’t as significant with the average audience of 3 News down only 19%.

While 3 News had been impacted by the loss of Home and Away, Campbell Live was delivering audience levels that were 18% higher than its news bulletin lead in, a boost in part off the back of TVNZ’s initial attempt at rejuvenating their own 7pm time slot with Seven Sharp. Continue reading »

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Goodbye

I’ve been blogging about television for more than a decade but it is time for me to move on to other projects.

I have some final pieces of analysis that I’ll be publishing over the next few days but as of today, there will be no more daily ratings published.

I’d like to thank the 1.4+ million people who have joined me on this particular journey. It’s been quite the ride.

If anyone is interested in taking over the site, please feel free to email me: regan@throngmedia.com

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.