HD Ratings: A Week Of It


TVNZ 1’s The War of the Worlds improved on its premiere to win its final hour in all the core commercial demographics.

Overall it averaged 3.2% of 25-54 year-olds and household shoppers with kids, 2.2% of 18-49s and 2.1% of 18-39s.

The first hour lost to the last hour of TVNZ 2’s Star Wars movie, Rogue One, which otherwise was beaten by TVNZ 1’s Hyundai Country Calendar and Sunday in the 25-54 and 18-49 demos, and by Three’s season premiere of Australian Ninja Warrior in the HHS/k demo.

Three’s 8.30 movie Tower Heist finished third.

TVNZ 1 won the night in all the core demos, and TVNZ 2 came second in each except 18-49.


A couple of bargain bin movies, A Knight’s Tale and November Man, rated well for TVNZ 2, largely winning their slots in the channel’s key 18-49 demo.

A Knight’s Tale also was tops with 18-39s and HHS/k but There”s 8 Mile proved more popular in these demos than November Man.while TVNZ 1’s In the Heart of the Sea finished third.

But TVNZ 1 dominated earlier in the night, with 1 News at 6pm and MasterChef Australia winning their slots in the 25-54 and 18-49 demos, and lead-out Dinner Date in second place across all the core demos.

TVNZ 1 won the night in the 25-54 and 18-49 demos, and TVNZ 2 in the 18-39 and HHS demos.


TVNZ 2 blitzed the competition, with its 7.00-10.30 line-up out-rating everything else and helping the network to win the night in all the key demos.

Shortland Street, Dumb Drivers Make You Laugh Out Loud, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Sex Clinic proved unassailable.

Three’s jewel in its light-ent crown, The Graham Norton Show, even lost to TVNZ 1’s MasterChef Australia while 7 Days replacement All Girls Live at the Apollo lost to TVNZ 1’s re-run of World’s Wildest Weather.

Modern Family in its new absurdly late slot could beat only Coronation Street in the 25-54 demo.

Earlier, Prime’s new Truck Night in America averaged 1.5% of 25-54s, compared to 0.9% for Mitre 10 Cup Rugby the previous week.


Thursday was a keenly contested night in the 25-54 demo, with TVNZ 2 averaging a 21.7% share, Three 21% and TVNZ 1, 20.6%.

TVNZ 2’s Shortland Street, Police Ten 7, Highway Patrol and Travel Guides Australia dominated all the core demos but MasterChef Australia and Three’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb were competitive.

TVNZ 1’s new Thursday comedies are struggling, with How to Stay Married averaging only 1.8% of 25-54s and Ghosts, 1.3%.


TVNZ 2’s Wellington Paranormal made a top-rating return, with the season premiere averaging 5.6% of 25-54s and HHS/k, 4.2% of 18-49s and 3.2% of 18-39s.

It out-rated lead-in Have You Been Paying Attention? in all the core demos except 18-39 but lead-out Zombody Save Me! couldn’t maintain the momentum, with demo averages of 1.8% – 2.7%.

Three’s Grand Designs NZ continues to rate solidly, winning with 25-54s and 18-49s, and proving competitive in the other key demos.

Lead-outs The Rookie and Hawaii Five-O finished second in the 25-54 race but won with 18-49s.

Earlier, The Project topped Seven Sharp in all the key demos despite 1 News decisively beating Newshub Live.

TVNZ 1 won the night with 25-54s and HHS/k, TVNZ 2 with 18-39s and Three with 18-49s.


After a slow start, 9-1-1 is getting into top gear for Three, with Tuesday’s episode wining in all the core demos.

It averaged 3.1% – 6.6% against TVNZ 2’s Miss Congeniality’s 2.6% – 4.6%, although the movie out-rated Three’s competitive NCIS: Los Angeles (2.5% – 4.7%).

TVNZ 1’s I AM averaged 1.4% – 3.0% at 8.30 and Prime’s Five Bedrooms, 0.5% – 1.1%.

Earlier, Seven Sharp dominated The Project and 1 News beat Newshub Live.

TVNZ 1 won the night in all the core demos except HHS/k, which TVNZ 2 topped.


The final of Married at First Sight NZ and I Am Patrick Swayze helped Three to win the night in all the core demos except HHS/k.

The Swayze doco averaged 2.3% – 4.5% and MAFSNZ, 3.8% – 7.3%.

TVNZ 2’s My Restaurant Rules won its slot with HHS/k and was competitive in the other demos while TVNZ 1’s Prodigal Son topped TVNZ 2’s The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds Australia in the 25-54 demo but not the others.

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3 Responses to “HD Ratings: A Week Of It”

  1. Very interesting Phil. Do you know how The AM Show is rating vs Breakfast at the moment?

  2. I enjoyed the first episode of The War of the Worlds but the second was a yawn feast. Is there a third episode?

  3. No, that’s it. I think the BBC plans to screen it as three one-hour eps. In which case, TVNZ 1’s broadcast would have been the international version edited for two two-hour commercial slots.

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