HD Ratings: Big Week for Local Shows

Three’s The Block NZ roared back to dominate the 7.30 hour this week, Patrick Gower’s P expose smoked the competition, and The Brokenwood Mysteries took root on a new network.

After airing on Prime for six seasons, S7 of the Kiwi whodunit premiered last Sunday on TVNZ 1/+1.

It was competitive with the movies in the 25-54 demographic but steadily shed viewers over two hours, opening with 3.0% and closing with 1.7% to average 2.0%.

The blockbuster appeal of The Masked Singer NZ final, which averaged an 8.0% rating on Three/+1 over 90 minutes, gave Three’s The Mummy a big head start.

But Brokenwood out-rated it in the second hour, although TVNZ 2/+1’s WonderWoman, which opened in third place, led from 9.30.

Monday’s launch of The Block NZ averaged 4.7% of 25-54s vs 4.2% for MasterChef Australia, 4.5% for Fair Go and 3.9% for Highway Cops.

But TVNZ 2/+1 won the rest of the night with the free-to-air premiere of NZ movie SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out.

On Tuesday, The Block NZ out-rated MasterChef but not the final of Eat Well? For Less NZ and on Wednesday it easily topped the Aussie cooking content and TVNZ 1/+1’s Beat the Chasers.

But the week’s biggest local crowdpleaser was Patrick Gower: On P.

According to ratings released by Three, Tuesday’s broadcast reached 486,442 people nationally and 258,694 in the 25-54 demo, making it the network’s top local show for the year so far.

It’s averaged 8.4% of the core commercial demo, crushing TVNZ 2/+1’s premiere of Amazing Grace (1.9%); TVNZ 1/+1’s The Dog House could muster only 3.1%.

P’s popularity helped lead-out NCIS: LA to win its 9.30 slot in the 25-54 demo.

TVNZ 2/+1 had better news on Wednesday, when its premiere of Russell Howard Stands Up to the World won the 8.30 hour with 3.6% of 25-54s and 2.2% of 18-49s.

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