Tag Archives: The Graham Norton Show

HD Ratings: Doctor Who … Who Cares?

The much ballyhooed movie-length season premiere of Doctor Who on Friday lost to MasterChef Australia and The Graham Norton Show in TVNZ 2’s core commercial demographic, 18-49 year-olds. It averaged 3.4% over 90 minutes vs MasterChef’s 3.3% and Norton’s 3.2%. But the first hour was largely beaten by MasterChef and the last half-hour by Norton. The […]

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HD Ratings: Fantasy Franchises Work Their Magic

  Movie franchises like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter remain free-to-air favourites ahead of TVNZ 2 launching its Indiana Jones season. Sunday’s Rings finale, The Return of the King, averaged 5% of the country to win its three-and-a-half-hour slot and also dominated the demographic that matters most to TVNZ 1, 25-54 year-olds, […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 4

➢ Three will team Modern Family with new comedy 9JKL from January 18. The latter concerns a divorced out-of-work actor living in the same apartment building as his parents and successful surgeon brother. Despite poor US ratings and reviews — the kindest verdict was the Los Angeles Times’: “isn’t breaking any comedic boundaries, but it […]

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Christmas Week HD Highlights on Three

The pick of Three’s underwhelming primetime Christmas highlights are a fast-tracked Graham Norton special, with guests Will Smith, Jenna Coleman, Jamie Oliver and musician Tom Chaplin, and a seasonal extravaganza from Jono and Ben. In order of transmission: Movie: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (7.00 Saturday) Movie: Die Hard (8.30 Sunday) Modern Family […]

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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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HD Heads-Up: May 11

► TVNZ 2 will be awash with 25th anniversary Shortland Street specials on May 25 and 26. The soap tribute will kick off with “a shocking event will rock the hospital to its very core” in a 90-minute episode ahead of the documentary, Shortland Street: Inside an Icon. It will analyse the soap’s legacy from the perspective […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 6

Prime’s new Channel 5 series, Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons (9.35 Wednesdays from April 19), lives up to its title by having crime journalist Paul Connolly actually being locked up in some of these hellholes. “I lost all concept of time,” he says of one experience. “I couldn’t separate reality and fantasy. I walked out and, when […]

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American Sniper Gets Both Barrels

TVNZ 2’s movies dominated on Saturday night but the network’s free-to-air premiere of American Sniper on Sunday was slaughtered by the competition. It averaged 2.5% of 25-54 year-olds, compared to 5.8% for Broadchurch and 3.9% for Transformers: Age of Extinction. Broadchurch won the 8.30 hour in this demo and Transformers was tops from 9.30-11.30, winning in the […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 27

TV3 is firing The New Celebrity Apprentice. After abysmal ratings for last night’s episode, it is replacing tonight’s broadcast with a re-run of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which also will pre-empt The Graham Norton Show. The rest of Apprentice will play out 3.55pm Saturdays while replacing it on Friday nights will be more Indiana Jones movies. Taking over Apprentice’s Thursday slot will be […]

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This Week in HD: December 31 – January 6

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i Saturday  Africa (TV3, 4.55) Movie: Adventures in Zambesia (TV2, 5.20, R) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00)  University Challenge (Prime, 6.00) The Wonderful World of Gordon Watson (Prime, 6.30, R) Hyundai Country Calendar – 50 Golden Years (TV1, 7.00, R) Movie: The Spy Next Door (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: A Knight’s […]

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