New Season: Transformers More Amazing Than Spider-Man

TV3 had its revenge on TV2 on Sunday when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen crushed The Amazing Spider-Man.

The previous week TV2’s premiere of White House Down had rated through the roof against the original Transformers.

But the sequel scored much higher, averaging 5.5% – 7.8% of the commercial demographics compared to Spider-Man’s 2.7% – 3.6%.

Transformers got a head-start from The X Factor NZ largely winning its 90-minute slot with 9.0% – 11.6%, although the first hour was beaten by Sunday in the 25-54 demo.

Even so, this didn’t stop TV3 from winning the night in all four key demos.

TV2’s Thunderbirds Are Go finished third, with 3.3% – 6.4%, while Galavant (2.0% – 3.4%) continued to be the weak link between its lead-in and Black-ish (4.2% – 4.9%).

TV1’s When We Go to War slipped to a season low (2.4% – 3.9%) on the back of Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up (4.6% – 7.4%) and ahead of Our Girl’s 1.7% – 3.0%.

Despite TV1’s struggles, the popularity of One News and Sunday helped it to finish the night ahead of TV2, with the latter notching up a rare third in each of the key demos:

But TV2 dominated Saturday with its movies, Shanghai Noon and Deja Vu, while its Friday movie, John Carter (4.3%- 8.7%) ruled after TV3’s Jono and Ben (6.3% – 9.1%) and The Graham Norton Show (6.0% – 8.5%) dwarfed their rivals earlier in the night.

TV3’s new-look Thursday was popular with the network’s target 25-54 audience, with the premiere of Lost & Found (3.3% – 4.5%) winning outright in this demo against TV2’s The Flash (5.5% – 6.9%) but losing in the others.

The first series of Grand Designs to screen here in HD averaged 3.6% – 5.0% for its premiere and the return of Bodyshockers, 2.8% – 3.9%.

TV1’s Britain’s Got Talent (5.0% – 8.7%) was competitive against TV2’s Police Ten 7 and Car Crash TV but lead-out Our Zoo could muster only 1.6% – 2.5%.

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