When Paul Holmes departed TVNZ for Prime, TV3 jumped at the chance to put a new current affairs show up against the replacement, Close Up. Campbell Live debuted with an average audience of 415,200 viewers on the 21st of March, 2005 and that record remains as the highest rating episode in the show’s history.
Fast forward to 2013 and Close Up is gone, replaced by Seven Sharp, a show that has been described as a light-hearted take on current affairs, in the hope that TV One could stem the falling viewership problems they’d been experiencing. Then, for the first time in Campbell Live’s history, TV3 beat TV One in the 7pm timeslot. That monumental occasion was repeated three times in the first two months.
The stars are definitely rising for John Campbell and his team. The 30 day moving average is up nearly 100,000 viewers per episode on the start of the year and is at the highest point in the show’s history.
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