It really has been a bad year for local drama ratings.  First, Go Girls had their worst rating season in five years.  Nothing Trivial launched their 3rd season with their lowest rating episode ever and the next two episodes producing even lower viewership figures again.

And then we come to TV3’s The Almighty Johnsons which ended it’s third season last night.  Despite being picked up for broadcast in Australia, the UK, Canada and even the US, its ratings have been rather disheartening here.

Season one had an average audience of 251,485 viewers.  Season two was down 23% to 193,669 viewers.  The third season, however, has ended with an average audience of 122,191 – that is 37% fewer viewers than season two and less than half of the audience who saw the first season.

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Most watched

  1. One News: 611,080 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Breakfast Special: 593,700 (TV ONE, 8:00am – 9:00am)
  3. Shortland Street: 476,380 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 403,360 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 388,720 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

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image001-8I like Bear Grylls as much as the next bloke but three new shows?  The man lives to be tortured.

World renowned survival expert and adventurer Bear Grylls returns to New Zealand television with three exciting new series exclusive to Discovery Channel; Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell, Bear Grylls: Get Out Alive and Bear Grylls: Great Escapes. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Under the Dome: 51270 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Devious Maids: 28540 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  3. Scandal: 20310 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Fair Go: 19810 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
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TV3 will be pretty happy with how The Block NZ is performing for them this year with the average weekly audience up 12% on the same period last year.


The average audience per episode so far this year has been 378,306 viewers which is already 2% higher than the total average audience for the entire last season. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 709,900 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Breakfast Special: 606,510 (TV ONE, 8:05am – 9:00am)
  3. Fair Go: 503,010 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Breakfast Special: 498,260 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 10:00am)
  5. Shortland Street: 468,320 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Body of Proof: 55150 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:35pm)
  2. The Mentalist: 49220 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Block NZ: 34800 (TV3, 7:35pm – 8:40pm)
  4. Zero Hour: 19420 (TV2, 11:35pm – 12:30am)
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During the first episode of this season of New Zealand’s Got Talent, many on twitter were outraged when TVNZ subtitled an Asian contestant despite being fairly intelligible.  “Racist” many scoffed.  This week, the lady with the dog act was far more difficult to understand and yet the subtitles were absent.

Last night though, it was the Kiwi accent that was being subtitled. The American reality series The Amazing Race had a stop over in New Zealand and in order to help the American audience decipher what was being said, the words were displayed on the screen.

It is important to remember that subtitles aren’t provided for all the people who may be able to understand what is being said during a television show, even if they are in the overwhelming majority.  They are provided so anyone who can’t understand can read and still follow along.

It’s not being racist, it’s being helpful.

Most watched

  1. One News: 748,790 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Breakfast Special: 647,540 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 9:30am)
  3. Breakfast Special: 629,100 (TV ONE, 8:10am – 9:00am)
  4. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 575,300 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 481,150 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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