HD Ratings: The Big Bang Theory Goes Out With …

The series final of The Big Bang Theory on Friday posted some of the show’s highest ratings in years and helped TVNZ 2 to win the night in all the core commercial demographics. It averaged 7.3% of 25-54 year-olds, 4.5% of 18-49s, 3.2% of 18-39s and 9.2% of household shoppers with kids. The double-episode marked an […]

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LG Eyes OLED Throne

In NZ, LG is promoting its 2019 range of OLED TVs with sponsorship of Three’s Saturday night Star Wars season. But in the US the company has seized upon the heightened interest in Game of Thrones’ controversial final season with this clever promotion: It capitalises on the furore over the epic episode, The Long Night, […]

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Critical Condition: Line of Duty (S5)

Line of Duty | SoHo, 8.30 Sundays ☆☆☆☆ “Jed Mercurio knows a thing or two about what television viewers in Britain like. His series Bodyguard was the highest rated show there (outside of the World Cup) in 2018. And now the fifth season of his Line of Duty is the highest rated British drama of […]

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Critical Condition: Catch-22

Catch-22 | TVNZ OnDemand, from Saturday ☆☆☆☆  “Executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov — with each directing two episodes — the limited series was developed and written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (Animal Kingdom), who manage to find the difficult tonal balance of the book: a winning combination of satire, madcap […]

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Network Movies in HD: May 18 – 24

   Saturday     Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 | TVNZ 2, 7.00     Star Wars: The Phantom Menace | Three, 7.00    Monster House | Maori TV, 7.00    Scary Movie 5 | TVNZ 2, 8.45    Joy | Three, 9.35    Flightplan | TVNZ 2, 10.30    Heartthrob | Three, 11.50        Sunday    Pacific Rim | TVNZ 2, 8.10  […]

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HD Ratings: Battle of the Tans

The shine came off Magnum P.I. on Wednesday when Three’s Hawaiian crime hit lost its time slot for the first time in three weeks. Ratings for lead-in Lego Masters Australia also were lower than previous weeks. But the show was still sturdy enough to easily win the 7.30 hour in all the core commercial demographics, […]

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Super Heroic Extras for Captain Marvel

  The 4K-UHD and Blu-ray releases of Captain Marvel will abound in marvellous extras when they land here on June 19. They will go on sale after a week their US debut but a month ahead of the UK (although the Brits will also be offered a 3D Blu-ray that’s not being distributed here or […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 25 – 31

➢➢ Winter is coming, and so are new looks for Prime and TVNZ 2. The latter will overhaul its schedule with a local variation on a hit international format and the fast-tracking of a long-running prison drama while the former will beef up primetime with live rugby league and international cricket … ➢➢ Wife Swap […]

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HD Ratings: Will & Grace Shamefaced

TVNZ 2’s persistence with Will & Grace as an anchor show continues to puzzle, with the sitcom’s return on Tuesday retaining less than a third of My Kitchen Rules’ lead-in viewership. It averaged only 1.5% of the network’s target audience, 18-49 years-olds, 0.8% of 18-39s, 2.5% of 25-54s and 3.2% of household shopper with kids. The […]

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HD Ratings: Eve Not Everyone’s Favourite

Killing Eve may have been the darling of the BAFTA TV Awards but continues to rate poorly on TVNZ 2. This week it won three BAFTAs for best drama series, actress (Jolie Comer) and supporting actress (Fiona Shaw). But the same day, in its 9.30 Monday slot, it averaged only 1.0% of 18-49 year-olds, TVNZ […]

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New to Blu: May 15 – 21

They Shall Not Grow Old ➢ “It’s possibly the most stunning large-scale effort to restore vintage footage, and, sure, the results are still mixed – with some sequences having uncanny valley-like effects on facial movements and speech, whilst others, in particular shots which involve slightly less movement (or reduced down to slow-motion), looking absolutely like […]

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HD Ratings: 8 Out of 10 Cats Gets a Bounce

TVNZ 2’s new Friday night panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown improved in its second showing, with its 25-54 and 18-49 viewership more than doubling. This was partly due to the network rescheduling the series to start half-an-hour ahead of its chief rival, Three’s 7 Days. An earlier start for lead-in Best […]

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HD Ratings: GoT FTA Flop

Game of Thrones may be the world’s most talked about TV drama but Prime’s audacious free-to-air stripping of the final season opened badly on Sunday. The 9.30 broadcast of episode one averaged only 0.6% of Prime’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds. It was crushed by TVNZ 2 and Three’s network movie premieres of Rough Night and […]

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New to SoHo2 in June

SoHo2 will premiere the Deadwood movie reunion a week after its HBO debut (June 7, 8.30). It comes nearly 13 years after the drama concluded in 2006 and follows the 10-year reunion of the camp to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Most of the original cast returns while among the newcomers is School of Rock’s Jade Pettyjohn. Reads […]

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New to SoHo in June

SoHo will premiere a mini-seres adaptation of Umberto Eco‘s novel The Name of the Rose (9.30 Mondays from June 3). The four-part thriller follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (John Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damien Hardung) as they search for a serial killer in a secluded monastery in the Alps while being […]

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