Masterchef New Zealand

masterchef-logoIt’s official. Masterchef New Zealand won’t be returning to screens in 2015 as TVNZ have confirmed they have pulled the plug on the cooking series after 5 seasons.

TVNZ’s Head of Television told Throng “After 5 seasons of Masterchef NZ we have chosen not to commission a sixth season.” Continue reading »

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 2.43.51 PMAfter a disappointing start last week, the New Zealand franchise of My Kitchen Rules bounced back last night with an average audience above 400,000 for the first time. The fourth episode of TV One’s new cooking series had an average audience of 416,330 viewers. This was up 11% on last week.

The figures are still well below the averages of every season of Masterchef New Zealand. Continue reading »

MKR-NZLast night, TV One debuted MKRNZ as their latest local production of an international franchise. Cooking shows have seemingly been hot property for the TV networks after the success of TVNZ’s Masterchef and TV3 having a failed crack at their own format earlier this year with The Great Food Race. MKR NZ has been billed as the next big thing and after and average audience of 546,070 viewers tune in for the finale of the Australian version of the show on Wednesday, big things were expected last night. Unfortunately, the numbers fell well short of expectations as the average audience was only 375,010 viewers.

Compare this to the 449,030 viewers that tuned in for the season premiere of Masterchef New Zealand earlier this year and with the fact that we’re in the middle of prime winter season viewing, these numbers are nothing short of disappointing. Continue reading »

Karena and Kasey - Masterchef New Zealand Winners

It was a mixed result for the fifth season of TV One’s Masterchef New Zealand which ended its run last night with what was the second highest rating grand final of the show to date, second only to season three. However, it was the lowest rating season overall.

The average audience per episode was 464,971 viewers, with the Sunday night episodes drawing a slightly higher average with 467,016. This was down 13% on the 2013 season, and 15% on the record highs of season three. Continue reading »

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sunday-ratings-mcnz-tgfrIn the week when Masterchef New Zealand hit a series high,TV3′s The Great Food Race hit an all time low after shedding 33% of its audience.

MCNZ lifted their average audience by 14% on the previous week to 495,380 viewers while TGFR had a disastrous night, managing an average audience of only 105,520 viewers on Sunday night.

The big problem for TV3 is that they shed approximately two thirds of their lead in from the news and then more than doubled the audience for The Blacklist which screened directly afterwards. Continue reading »


Some people make for magical TV moments. Others, not so much.

Jenn Clark and Elizabeth Marshall became the eighth duo to leave the MasterChef New Zealand kitchen on Monday 10th March (7.30pm – 8.30pm) on TV ONE.

In last night’s episode the Top Eight were separated into two teams, led by Kasey and Karena Bird, and Bec Stanley and Jaimie Stodler respectively. Each team member was tasked with making one dish of a themed eight-course degustation menu.

Kasey and Karena’s team won the challenge with a Kiwi road trip–themed menu. Continue reading »

The Great Food RaceBoth Masterchef and The Great Food Race were down on Sunday night but it was still Masterchef New Zealand that was way out in front with an average audience of 436,050 compared to 158,020 for The Great Food Race.

With the season average for The Great Food Race only being 157,910 viewers per episode, you have to give it to TV3 for sticking to their guns and leaving it where it is on Sunday nights.

donna-marie-jonathan-masterchef-new-zealandIt was suggested yesterday that we open up a thread specifically for certain shows to be discussed live and post broadcast so here it is!

Just remember, if you are reading this and haven’t watched the episode yet and don’t like to know how if the steaks were raw, medium or well done, please use caution as I take no responsibility for any spoilers that might exist here.

The Great Food RaceI am going to assume that the problem that Nielsen TAM had with their data for 3 days last week has actually been fixed.  If not, I can expect to have to update this post later in the week.  In the meantime, here’s what their data tells us.

The Great Food Race was down 21% this week, resulting in an average audience of 131,290 viewers last night.  I really can’t see how this show can live where it is with these numbers continuing.  Masterchef New Zealand is clearly out-rating it but it suffered a fall of its own this week with the average audience for TV One’s cooking show down 22% to 386,360 viewers.

While TVNZ are banking on a new cooking show success with a local version of My Kitchen Rules, this rating is the lowest first night rating the series has had.  Last Monday’s show had an average audience of 374,500 viewers. Continue reading »