Most watched

  1. One News: 782,300 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 515,220 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Dog Squad: 489,800 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 460,880 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Life Flight: 460,330 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:35pm)

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TVNZ_buildingFrom the same SST article as the previous post, TVNZ’s CEO Kevin Kenrick suggests going into a bidding war with Sky for pay TV content:

TVNZ could even compete with Sky Television to acquire the pay-television right to overseas shows, which it could charge viewers to watch on the internet or through Freeview or Igloo, Kenrick says. “I think it is a very real possibility for us.”

I bet this comment went down well in Mt Wellington.

It is unfathomable to me that the CEO of our state broadcaster would publicly outline a strategic move that would no doubt piss off one of their commercial partners.  Sky quite likes their little monopoly and the thought that they might have to sacrifice some profit in order to shut the door on the SOE from taking away content rights will no doubt have Tony O’Brien on a flight to Wellington to pay Craig Foss a little visit. Continue reading »

tvnz-ondemand-logoI noticed this in the Sunday Star Times yesterday:

TVNZ’s new boss Kevin Kenrick, now 17 months into the job, says the state-owned broadcaster could begin charging for some programmes it produces. First to go behind a “pay wall” would likely be news updates delivered through its TVNZ Ondemand online platform.

You may recall that when TVNZ launched their ondemand service it came with a stupid credits system.  It failed.  Miserably.  And shortly thereafter it was canned and everything became free, with supported advertising.

This model has seen TVNZ Ondemand’s numbers swell with the state broadcaster regularly getting excited about how their service is performing.  However, putting a price tag on that will see the viewer numbers dwindle and I’d hazard a guess that the subscription revenue would be significantly less that what they’re earning through advertising at the moment.  Even if they forced advertising on their customers who are shelling out for their service, I am doubtful the numbers would make it more profitable than it currently is. Continue reading »

Three episodes to go!


Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mr Selfridge: 58190 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:40pm)
  2. Call The Midwife: 37410 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Green Lantern First Flight: 20020 (TV2, 1:20am – 2:00am)
  4. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 16290 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
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After a 10% gain in the previous week, Campbell Live managed to lose almost all of it, ending the week with an average audience of 306,526 viewers.  They’ll be happy to be remaining above the 300,000 mark.

Seven Sharp on the other hand had a 2% increase on the previous week to end up with an average audience of 397,162 viewers, just shy of the 400,000 mark where they’ve been spending a lot of time over the past few months.

We understand that it may have been Seven Sharp’s best week in the key 25-54 demo since the program went to air.

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In 2012, New Zealand’s Got Talent was the highest rating show of the year.  It debuted with an average audience of 934,820 viewers and the following week, increased their numbers to 974,930.  The average audience across the entire series was a staggering 839,209 viewers so it was little wonder that TVNZ have been pimping it hard to advertisers on the back of that success.

It will, however, be of great concern to the state broadcaster that after talking it up and taking another $800,000 in tax payer funding that the series has debuted so poorly.

While it dominated the ratings last year, being the most watched show of the night and the week, the third season of the singing contest disguised as a variety show didn’t even come in at number two. Or number three.  NZGT came in in fourth place with an average audience of 589,330 viewers, a massive plunge of 37% on last year and only marginally higher than the season finale of TV3′s The X Factor New Zealand.

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americas-cup-logo-300Last week we compared the ratings of the All Blacks tests on Sky and TVNZ’s coverage of the America’s Cup and also took a look at what affect having sport on free-to-air television has on the ratings.  Those numbers, however, have been completely dwarfed by yesterday’s viewers.  TVNZ are still strangely absent in talking about it.

The average audience last Sunday was about 523,000 viewers.  Yesterday saw those numbers take a massive leap upwards by 55% to 812,030, making it the most watched program of the day.  The peak for yesterday’s coverage came in as the second race was abandoned with 954,700 viewers tuned in for the drama on San Francisco Bay.  941,200 viewers were glued to their screens as Aotearoa lurched towards disaster but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The ratings have been pretty impressive for TVNZ so it is a mystery to me as to why they haven’t said anything about how successful their coverage has been or how so many kiwis are tuning in for their coverage.  I would have thought it would have been something they would be very proud of.

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After losing the first race this morning and then having a real nail-biter of a contest in the second, getting the blood pressure back to normal is probably what a lot of Kiwis are after this morning.  Here are a few America’s Cup images that are going around at the moment.

While there has been speculation that Oracle sailing around Team New Zealand while they were on the verge of tipping over actually created enough of a wind disturbance to prevent Aotearoa from reaching any further, there is speculation that the divine intervention that prevented a disaster came from somewhere else.


Or it could just have been as simple as this:

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Most watched

  1. Breakfast Special: 812,030 (TV ONE, 8:00am – 10:00am)
  2. One News: 759,320 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Sunday: 670,740 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. New Zealand’s Got Talent: 589,330 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:05pm)
  5. Call The Midwife: 402,730 (TV ONE, 9:05pm – 10:10pm)

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