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 overdue return to form after the direst season ever and won the 7.30 hour in all the key demos except 18-49, where it seesawed with Sky’s Super rugby coverage.

However, Best Foods Comedy Gala couldn’t capitalise on its lead-in, finishing second to Three’s Graham Norton Show and 7 Days, which it overlapped.

The stand-up special averaged 2.0% – 4.3% of the core demos versus 1.9% – 5.4% for Norton and 3.2% – 5.6% for 7 Days.

But TVNZ 2’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is turning into a drawcard, with Friday’s episode winning the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

TVNZ 1 was the night’s biggest loser, with the season premiere of Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food averaging only 2.5% of 25-54s at 7.30 against TBBT — well down on the previous week’s Britain’s Got Talent (4.9%).

Lead-out The Hotel Inspector also struggled in its debut, averaging just 2.0% of 25-54s, the same as the previous week’s season finale of Call the Midwife.

On Thursdays, UK crowdpleaser Gordon, Gino & Fred Road Trip bowed out with 3.7% – 7.2% of the key demos, which was huge for TVNZ 1 at 8.30.

Lead-in George Clark’s Amazing Spaces averaged 2.4% – 7.0%, beating Three’s Grand Designs UK but trailing TVNZ 2’s Police Ten 7 and Booze Patrol Australia.

TVNZ 2’s First Dates averaged 2.1% – 3.6% and Take Me Out 1.7% – 2.3%, to seesaw with Three’s movie Smokin’ Aces.

TVNZ 1 won the night in the 25-54 and HHS/k demos, and TVNZ 2 in the 18-49 and 18-39 demos.

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One Response to “HD Ratings: The Big Bang Theory Goes Out With …”

  1. Outstanding profit result from MediaWorks in a tough environment. Much as readers decry reality TV and movie reruns, it’s paying dividends in terms of profitability. Revenue growth in TV and probably significant EBITDA growth – contrast that with the other broacasters. Explains how MediaWorks was confident enough to bid for the Love Island franchise – and monetise it properly via broadcast.

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