Outback Truckers Stalls in Debut

The arrival of Outback Truckers didn’t dent the 25-54 appeal of Grand Designs NZ on Tuesday. The season four premiere of TVNZ 1’s Aussie reality series averaged 2.4% of the network’s most coveted demographic versus 5.0% for GDNZ. The latter spearheaded three hours of back-to-back wins in the 25-54 demo for Three, with Lost & […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 12

➢ TVNZ 2 is giving its Friday night make-out marathon a make-over, with two October 27 premieres sandwiching Take Me Out: Love Connection at 7.30 and Naked Attraction at 9.45. The former is a revival of theChuck Woolery classic, with Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who’s just been announced as Kathy Griffin’s replacement for CNN’s New Year’s Eve show, […]

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Doctor Foster Ails From Outset

TVNZ 1 viewers don’t want another dose of Doctor Foster. The season-two premiere flopped on Monday when it drew fewer 25-54 year-olds — the core commercial demographic for TVNZ 1 — than TVNZ 2’s comedies and barely more than Three’s struggling British drama, Tin Star. It averaged 2.7% of the network’s core commercial demographic compared […]

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X Factor UK Gains After Debut

TVNZ 1’s Friday night launch of The X Factor UK was walloped by the season premiere of Three’s The Graham Norton Show but won its Saturday night slot. The 90-minute premiere averaged 3.6% of TVNZ 1’s core audience, 25-54 year-olds, whereas episode two averaged 4.4%. The premiere faced the double-whammy of TVNZ 2’s The Middle […]

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Cold Feet Doesn’t Foot It

TVNZ 1’s season two premiere of Cold Feet received a lukewarm reception on Sunday. It averaged only 1.3% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, off the back off a less-than-regal 2.9% for Victoria (down from 4.6% the previous week). Both were hammered by Three’s re-run of Bridesmaids, which won the 8.30-10.30 period with a 25-54 […]

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TVNZ 2 Rejigs Thursdays With New Trump-Bashing Gig

TVNZ 2’s wall-to-wall reality fare on Thursday nights is soon to be leavened by a new “spiky satire” show starring a Bristolian comedian who toured here in July. The Russell Howard Hour will air 9.30 Thursdays from October 19, a month after its UK debut — which may be too big a gap for this […]

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This Week in HD: October 7 – 13

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Nature’s Weirdest Events (TV1, 4.55, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Season Premiere: The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, […]

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Critical Condition: Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday ➢ “The joy of the second series of Doctor Foster (BBC1) is that we now know it is not aiming for gritty drama and failing, but aiming for histrionic melodrama and succeeding beyond its wildest expectations … We can now run gleefully towards the waves of madness – already […]

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Cold Feet: SR7 on ITV

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Critical Condition: Cold Feet

Cold Feet | TVNZ 1, 9.35 Sunday ➢ “The new series of Cold Feet began as if someone were trying to win a bet: how many clichés is it possible to cram into an opening five minutes? The good news is that it got better, was still glossy and uplifting, but hasn’t yet reached the […]

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New to Blu: October 4 – 10

   The top-selling disc in the US, Transformers: The Last Knight, sees the light of day here on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray. “The film marks Paramount’s first Dolby Vision HDR release,” Home Theater Forum said. The disc is also compatible with HDR10 and the results are definite eye candy. Colours are much more vibrant […]

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