With the return of Shortland Street tonight, it’s time to take a look back at 2013 and see how the show performed rating wise. The average audience was 497,796 viewers per episode in 2013, a result that sees the week night drama dip below the half million viewer mark.
- One News: 584,300 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- Australia’s Got Talent: 387,110 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 8:40pm)
- 3 News: 320,730 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- Despicable Me: 317,470 (TV3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm)
- Antiques Roadshow: 199,330 (PRIME, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
Despite the regular horror by certain TV people at the imagination of Throng breaking embargos, spoiling shows and having an all-round detrimental effect on broadcaster’s commercial viability, the mainstream media out-do us hands down. Take this for example. A screener of the first episode of Shortland Street for 2014 was given to a Herald reporter who included this image and caption at their top of their “preview”.
Nothing Trivial may be back for a one-off special
Fans of cancelled Kiwi drama Nothing Trivial may get some satisfaction, with news that TVNZ have agreed to look at a one-off special from South Pacific Pictures that would wrap up the series. “There are plenty of ifs and buts, and it’s perfectly possible that this won’t go ahead, so we don’t want to raise hopes only to dash them,” TVNZ spokesperson Megan Richards revealed in a statement. “We’ve had to disappoint fans once and we’d rather not do it again.” Nothing Trivial was cancelled late last year due to poor ratings – the average 5+ audience for the show had dropped from 412,000 to 258,000 and it had fallen to new lows in its target demographic. TVNZ took criticism from fans due to the timing of the cancellation: the news broke with two episodes left in the third season, which also ended with a cliffhanger.
HBO giving free access to Girls S3 premiere on YouTube
US network HBO is making the first two episodes of Girls available for free on YouTube around twelve hours after they premiere there. “For us, this is an increasingly challenging demographic to reach with traditional means,” HBO exec Sabrina Caluori told Mashable in an interview. No mention of New Zealand, but with the show airing here Thursday, I would imagine the double-episode will be geo-blocked.
True Detective creator discusses anthology shows
“There could be a season that’s much more of a wide-spread conspiracy thriller,” True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto explained to journalists at the TCA press tour over the weekend, “a season that’s a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a master detective. Even the title True Detective is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic. There are deeper indications, the word true can also mean honorable….as long as there is some crime in there.” True Detective starts on SoHo, Tuesday at 8.30pm.
The Walking Dead gets a parody film
It was only a matter of time: production company MNDFCK have entered development on a parody film of hit drama The Walking Dead, titled – wait for it – Walking The Dead. The official synopsis of the film reveals additional references to Zombieland and Warm Bodies. No word on when the film might be released. The Walking Dead returns to TV2 in early February. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery …
First trailer lands for Starz’ Outlander
The first trailer for Outlander – a new show from US network Starz, based on the hit book by Diana Gabaldon (known as Cross Stitch in most parts of the world) – has a trailer online, our first look at the new show. Starz announced over the weekend that the show will be debuting in the middle of this year.Outlander is produced by Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies in the main roles. Click here to check out the trailer.
AMC confirm programming slate for 2014
AMC have confirmed details on their 2014 slate at the TCA press tour over the weekend, spending the first part of their session revealing scheduling plans for the year: brand new Revolutionary War spy drama Turn will debut with a ninety-minute episode on April 6, while the first half of the seventh (and final season) of Mad Men will premiere on April 13. Brand new drama Halt & Catch Fire, about the computing boom of the 1980s, will debut in June; the fourth season of Hell On Wheels will debut during our winter; hit drama The Walking Dead will be back for its fifth season in October; and much anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul will hit the airwaves in November. Expect all these shows to follow close behind the US when they make it to New Zealand.
The day has finally arrived. Shortland Street returns tonight and the big reveal of who has died. I have a surprise announcement coming later in the day as well.
As is always the case, this is our daily thread to discuss everything else that’s on the box.
Here is the third episode of the first season of the webseries Flat3 which NZ On Air is funding a third season of.
- One News: 495,490 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- NZ Story: 291,930 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- Coastwatch: 270,680 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
- How to Cook Like Heston: 226,750 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: 215,940 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)