Neill Rea drives the Brokenwood Police car in the 2015 Kumeu Christmas parade

Neill Rea drives the Brokenwood Police car in the 2015 Kumeu Christmas parade

After NZ On Air announced it wouldn’t be funding Mediaworks proposed new weeknight soap opera but would be funding a third season of The Brokenwood Mysteries, David Finch wrote this in the comments:

I have no particular opinion on the virtues of TV3’s planned soap (and no affiliation with its producers) but I hope NZ on Air will be publicly pressed to explain themselves a little more. They say a soap doesn’t match their priorities, which begs the question… whose priorities exactly? What kind of influence does NZ on Air truly have on what we watch? If they are guided by the power of ratings, which is the only measure of success which matters to our current government, then there is at least as much logic in investing in a nightly soap on a major channel than there is in pumping another $4m subsidy to little-watched Prime for Brokenwood Mysteries (just for example). The one soap we have consistently tops the ratings for its host channel after 25 years despite an increasingly fragmented market and changing viewing habits. It has out-rated every other drama series that NZ on Air has ever invested in (except perhaps Outrageous Fortune at its very peak). Which would be less embarrassing if those other shows really were ambitious serious non-commercial dramas. But they’re not. Most of them have been flashy soaps with bigger budgets. NZ on Air say they favour “returning series”, but a series designed to return four nights a week indefinitely doesn’t interest them.

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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.

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In previous years Ferndale has been a notoriously risky place to reside around the festive season, and this year may well prove to be no exception. Shortland Street wraps up its 24th season tonight with its trademark Christmas cliffhanger.

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NicSampsonNeillReaFernSutherlandTheBrokenwoodMysteriesSeason2Episode3The homegrown murder-mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries will be back for a third season with the support of New Zealand on Air (NZOA).

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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.

Coca-ColaChristmasintheParkLogoNew Zealand’s annual festive television special Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, tonight kicks off TV’s Christmas programming on TV2.

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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 »