TVNZ 2’s New Survival Strategy

TVNZ 2 will take its cue from the Survivor playbook and try to kill two birds with one stone. It is shifting Australian Survivor from its low-rating 8.30 Sunday slot to 9.00 Wednesdays, where it will replace the similarly sub-par Kevin Can Wait and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. Australian Survivor will air Sunday for the […]

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HD Ratings: Kiwi Ninja Warrior a Hit

Three easily won Monday night in all the core commercial demographics, with Australian Ninja Warrior and 9-1-1 proving to be an enduring dynamic duo. In the 25-54 demo, ANJ (6.4%) lost to TVNZ 1’s Fair Go (7.0%) and Border Security (6.3%) but peaked at 7.0% in its second hour and won outright in the other […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Scores Hockey Rights

This morning Spark announced it would stream FIH Hockey games from next year, including all Vantage Black Sticks men’s and women’s competitions, and will use a US streaming platform for its new Spark Sport service. Here’s the press release: Spark makes first move into sports content production as part of securing hockey rights; also announces sports brand and […]

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HD Ratings: Weekend Round-Up

Three’s network movie premiere of The Magnificent Seven roped in twice as many 25-54 viewers as TVNZ 1’s launch of baby-snatching drama series The Cry. The western reboot averaged 6.0% of both networks’ core demographic vs 3.3% for The Cry. But in the hour that the two locked horns, the gap was much wider: 7.1% […]

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Critical Condition: A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches | SoHo2, 7.30 Wednesday/Neon ☆☆☆☆ “A Discovery of Witches was a hit 600-page novel by Deborah Harkness in 2011 that imagined vampires and witches as academics in modern-day Oxford, expecting us to find nothing strange about supernatural beings stalking the city’s libraries and cloisters. It’s now brought faithfully to the small […]

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New to Blu: November 7 – 13

The Spy Who Dumped Me ➢ “This is for the most part a really brightly coloured and well detailed looking presentation, one that offers consistently very good to excellent levels of fine detail, and which preserves an often extremely vivid palette. A number of scenes are either graded or lit to various extremes … but […]

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Guest Bookings: Maher, Colbert, DeGeneres

Barbra Streisand trash talks President Donald Trump on this week’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo, 11.15 tonight). Deadline reports she claims sadness and anger about Trump’s presidency motivated her new album, Walls. “I couldn’t sleep nights. The photographs in my head – the pictures of the children being ripped out of the arms of […]

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New to Lightbox in December

If you’re in the mood for midsummer murders over the new year, Lightbox will offer three newcomers to stream. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (from December 18) stars Patrick Dempsey as a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his Maine property. […]

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New to Sky Movies in December

   Sky Movies Premiere Phantom of Thread Blockers Winchester 12 Strong Looking Glass Lady Bird Red Sparrow Paul, Apostle of Christ A Quiet Place The Mercy Molly’s Game Sky Movies Extra Thoroughbreds Colossal Youth Truth or Date  Every Day Sky Movies Greats Frida Les Miserables Pitch Perfect Rise of the Planet of the Apes Chef […]

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HD Ratings: Can Australian Survivor Survive?

TVNZ 2 programmers must be pondering Australian Survivor’s primetime future after another week of low ratings. This weekend it will face its toughest Sunday night competition yet: Three’s premiere of The Magnificent Seven in the wake of Australian Ninja Warrior’s first Sunday broadcast. Ninja has had an outstanding first week on air, dominating its Monday and […]

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