HDTV Ratings: Hawaii Five-O, Go Girls, Off the Map, NCIS: Los Angeles, Missing Pieces

Go Girls gives Five-O heave-ho

Last night’s HD reboot of Hawaii Five-O wasn’t gung-ho enough to stop Go Girls from roaring ahead in the ratings.

Season three of TV2’s HD hit opened with twice the viewership of TV3’s Five-O.

It drew 14.1% of TV2’s target audience, 18-39 year-olds (vs Five-O’s 5.2%), 12.4% of 18-49 (vs 6.1%), 12.9% of 25-54 (vs 6.7%) and 13% of household shoppers with kids (vs 8.7%).

Moreover, stablemate Off the Map, which stars Kiwi Martin Henderson, rated even higher with HHS with kids: 16.1%

In most of the other key demos it was only slightly less watched than Go Girls whereas NCIS: Los Angeles rated merely 4.1%-5.4%.

TV3’s HD season premiere of Missing Pieces out-rated TV One’s Coronation Street in the major demos but finished second to TV2’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Meanwhile, in today’s Dominion Post, TV reviewer Jane Clifton said Sunday’s HD telemovie, Waitangi — What Really Happened, which Go Girls co-creator Gavin Strawhan scripted, “should have been a whole series”.

“It’s four decades since we did anything comprehensive in the way of historical drama. And the grim truth is, there just isn’t enough money to make anything as ambitious as The Governor these days.

“So writers Witi Ihimaera and Gavin Strawhan had to shoehorn the story of how chiefs, colonial officials, churchmen, entrepreneurs and assorted ticket clippers came together at Waitangi and signed our groundbreaking treaty into a cruelly short time.”

She called them a “winning partnership” that leavened Waitangi Day TV with “something both fun and informative. It’s just such a pity it had to be so rationed.”

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