HD Heads-Up: August 23

Shorty’s streams streets ahead … They haven’t killed Kenny after all … Gone Girl gone for now … TV One to lift the lid on MasterChef Australia


Shortland Street last month notched up a record 1.2 million streams on TVNZ OnDemand (July 1-20). It averaged 42,000 streams an episode, with The Bachelorette posting the next highest average of 37,000 streams. The latter was one of three TVNZOD “exclusives” in the top 10, the others  being The Catch and Devious Maids. Another top performer was Terry Teo, which cracked the top 20 with a total of 71,757 streams from July 12-31. Overall , TVNZOD notched up 6.2 million streams in July, with 45% of these being viewed on desktop computers, 41% on mobile devices and 10% on Freeview and Samsung’s TVNZOD apps. See here for the full report …

South Park is coming back to primetime — but in SD on Duke. The TVNZ channel will premiere season 18 of the former Four staple on September 6, when it will air 8.55/11.15 Tuesdays. TVNZ continues to use Duke as an experimental programming platform to test pay-TV strategies like multiple screenings within the same week. The Late Show With James Cordon already airs twice-daily while South Park will have a third airing on Thursdays at 10.25. Short & Wide, The Traffickers and Explorer Shane Untamed already have same day/week repeats, as will South Park lead-in Tosh.0

Duke also will air live and delayed coverage of the Rio Paralympics from September 8, which TV One will supplement in HD with daily 9.30 highlights packages …

TV3 has pulled its network movie premiere of Gone Girl on August 29. It’s replacing the thriller with a repeat of the comedy All About Steve. Gone Girl has been rescheduled for next month …

TV One looks set to screen MasterChef Australia 7.30 Thursday to Saturday starting September 15. Restoration Man will end its latest season after only two episodes on September 8 and Kirstie & Phil’s Love or List It signs off on September 9. The eighth season of the culinary hit ended its Australian run on July 28, when it scored the Ten network’s biggest primetime share in a year …

TVNZ’s sunny side up spin on its Breakfast revamp, with Jack Tame and Hilary Barry replacing Rawdon Christie and Nadine Chalmers-Ross from September 19, would’ve benefitted from remedying the programme’s biggest presentation weakness: its SD production values. With TV3 upgrading The Nation to HD, and Prime broadcasting 60 Minutes and Back Benches in HD, TVNZ’s news and current affairs shows now look even more outdated — although TV3’s continued use of antiquated field cameras undermines the sterling studio staging of Paul Henry Live, Story and Newshub

Monday’s 60 Minutes (Prime 8.30) will follow the drastic weight loss surgery undertaken by an Australian girl aged only 14, cover the tragic story of a US aid worker taken hostage for years in Pakistan and explore what it’s like live side by side with mountain lions in Los Angeles …

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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: August 23”

  1. There’s something smelly in the data for July.
    June – 6,175,645 episodes watched.
    July – 6,175,645 episodes watched (total episodes less OneNewsNow).
    Me thinks it highly unlikely that exactly the same number of episodes were watched for June and July. But it could happen …

  2. Hi Philip, are you able to confirm that TVNZ is resurrecting 20/20 on TV One in the 9.30 Thursday slot after the Paralympics? The advanced rate cards point to this happening.

  3. Thanks for the heads-up, Leo. I’ll look into it. It certainly would make sense for TV One to pick up the current affairs franchise and would provide a mid-week balance for its own Sunday in a struggling slot where branding might help to lift viewership.

  4. Thanks Philip. I was thinking the same thing, that the show would help lift its troublesome 9.30 Thursday slot and I also think it would be good if the network took a stab and launched a local version of the 20/20 spinoff What Would You Do? to plug the gaps when 20/20 would have a mid-season break.

  5. TVNZ’s just confirmed 20/20 will switch channels to TV One soon. It’ll be locally hosted but all the stories will be international.

  6. Great news, thanks for confirming Philip. Would love for it to have one local story a week but with budget issues I understand why they have opted for all international stories.

  7. “TVNZ’s just confirmed 20/20 will switch channels to TV One soon. It’ll be locally hosted but all the stories will be international.” Why bother paying a NZ talking head to make it sound like a local show?

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