New Season: X Factor Follow-Up Sizzles

Talk about the best of primetimes and the worst of primetimes …

Monday’s X Factor NZ was one of the season’s highest rating episodes yet.

The results show averaged 11.4% – 13.4% of the commercial demographics and even won the 5+ race, with 10.4% of the country tuning in to see the outcome of the previous night’s broadcast that cost two judges their jobs.

But the bad press didn’t end there — today the NZ Herald reported NZ On Air would no longer be funding X Factor or other talent quests, albeit for unrelated reasons.

And this afternoon, MediaWorks said it would appoint new judges to join Mel Blatt and Stan Walker on The X Factor NZ by Thursday.

“There has been an incredible amount of interest from both well-known Kiwi artists and high-profile international acts who are keen to be a part of the show,” co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman says.

“We are currently testing a number of candidates, and will have an announcement in the next 48 hours.”

He added: “I also want to address some unfounded speculation that what unfolded on Sunday night’s show was in any way planned. This was not planned.

“It came as a complete shock, and as we have said and demonstrated by our actions, this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable. The speculation is totally baseless.”

Speaking of which, ScreenScribe.tv contributor Doug Coutts already has the good oil on who will be the new judges here.

In the meantime, the popularity of Monday’s broadcast helped TV3 to win the night in the 18-39, 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

There was a big fall-off from XFNX to The Blacklist (4.7% – 6.3%) but the TV3 drama still rated higher than TV1’s Stalker (2.6% – 6.1%) in three of the four key demos.

However, it was no match for TV2’s The Mysteries of Laura (5.9% – 8.5%) while its lead-out, The Walking Dead (3.2% – 7.0%), crushed its competition.

TV3’s struggling State of Affairs (2.2% – 3.0%) drew more viewers than TV1’s Forever (2.0% – 5.1%) in the younger demos but lost to it in the 25-54 and household-shoppers-with-kids stakes.

At 7.30, TV1’s Our First Home averaged 3.6% – 6.3% to trail TV2’s The Middle (6.6% – 9.9%), which in previous weeks has beaten XFNX, and Cougar Town (6.2% – 7.1%).

The HD networks’ channel shares and ratings were:

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2 Responses to “New Season: X Factor Follow-Up Sizzles”

  1. I bet MediaWorks on Monday after the Sunday meltdown thought, “Great, watch the ratings go up.”

    People still watch this junk??

  2. My guess is Natasha Bedingfield is one of the new judges, of course I’m probably completely wrong 🙂

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