The scripts are complete for the 2013 Shortland Street Christmas Cliffhanger. Can you guess what will happen? Will it be good? Will it be bad? I’m not going to tell you how many weeks away it is though…
Following on from yesterday’s weekly analysis of the 7pm current affairs shows, last night’s episode of Campbell Live was the lowest rating episode for a Monday night since March.
Sure, The X Factor has now finished and tuning into TV3 on a Monday night isn’t as imperative for some folk as it used to be but surely an entertainment show wasn’t the reason for the surge in ratings.
Last night, while TV One’s Seven Sharp had a bit of fun live from Oamaru, Campbell Live sunk its teeth into what is potentially the biggest story of the year – the Fonterra contamination scare. However, if the ratings are anything to go by, people don’t seem to be that concerned. Continue reading »
In TV2’s target demographic of AP 18–49, a 54% share of those watching TV at the time chose to watch the feature-length episode which is an increase on previous 90 minute episodes. Continue reading »
It seems to have become an annual event now. The feature length episode of Shortland Street. What do you think of this years promo?
We’ve heard it said a number of times that there is a common courtesy between broadcasters where they don’t deliberately program content against locally funded shows. This appears to be broken with the new season of The Almighty Johnsons set to be challenged by some sneaky programming changes from TVNZ.
Late last year there was rumour that TV3′s The Almighty Johnsons had been axed, presumably because the ratings weren’t that flash. However, a month later NZ On Air confirmed funding for a third season.
In 2011, TV3 broadcast the fantasy series about Norse gods who have wound up in New Zealand on a Monday night. In 2012, it was shifted to Wednesdays and subsequently had a drop in ratings. This year, TV3 have scheduled the show to screen at 8:30pm on Thursdays from July 4th. In 2011, the first season drew an average audience per episode of 251,485 viewers while season two drew 193,669 viewers per episode.
The 8:30pm Thursday timeslot on TV2 has had the US fantasy series Once Upon a Time screening. The series comes to an end this next week with a double episode finale. The last six episodes have had an average audience of 210,140 viewers per episode.
At the start of the week we heard that TVNZ had sent out an amendment to their schedules (we don’t receive these because we’re not one of those TV praising print organisations) with an interesting change to their Thursday night line up. We asked TVNZ to confirm if what we’d heard was correct but they were cagey about it and told us that the listings wouldn’t be finalised until Wednesday. This morning, TVNZ confirmed what we already knew, that they were going to be counter-programming Arrow against The Almighty Johnsons. Continue reading »
The former Shortland Street actor will join a quality Australian cast in the new project for Channel 7 entitled ‘Never Tear Us Apart: the Untold Story of INXS’.
Drent will be joined by Luke Arnold (Winners & Losers) as Michael Hutchence, newcomer Nicholas Masters as Tim Farriss, Andy Ryan (Underbelly: Squizzy Taylor) as Andrew Farriss, Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) as Kirk Pengilly and Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) as Garry Gary Beers.
The Simpsons had a rating of 4.4 compared to 4.1 for Seven Sharp. Campbell Live had 5.9 but even all those combined don’t add up to the 15.2 that Shortland Street had on TV2.
You can see today’s 5+ ratings here.
TV3 has confirmed they will be moving the Monday night results episode from 7.30pm to the later time of 8pm.
Sunday’s episode drew 395,500 while Monday’s attracted 317,010.
MediaWorks TV Director of Programming Mark Caulton says the move is due to “audience demand”. Continue reading »