Jaws Still Has Bite

TVNZ 2’s late-night re-run of Jaws snared more 25-54 year-olds on Sunday than Three’s prime-time broadcast of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The 1975 phenomenon that launched the modern-day blockbuster strategy averaged 25,041 adults in the core commercial demographic (1.22 rating/38.22 share).

Spider-Man, which went to air two hours earlier, lured just 14,533 (0.71 rating/7.70 share).

Despite its 10.45 slot, Jaws was the third most-watched programme on TVNZ 2 that night and also cracked Sunday’s top 10 free-to-air shows.

Along with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (79,921 viewers, 3.89 rating/26.74 share) and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (46,325 viewers, 2.26 rating/31.86 share), it helped TVNZ 2 to achieve an above-average 25-54 share (24.10), easily beating Three (15.48) and trailing TVNZ 1 (28.52).

TVNZ 1 staples Hyundai Country Calendar, 1 News, The Chase and Sunday dominated the top 10, while Three’s entries were limited to Newshub Live at 6pm and Blow-Up Australia.

TVNZ 1’s special, Family Faith Footy: A Pasifika Rugby Story, ranked 11th for the night (24,267 viewers, 1.18 rating/10.58 share).

As expected, TVNZ 1’s binge comedy Starstruck was a Saturday night ratings write-off, averaging just 12,300 viewers in the 25-54 demo.

Three’s movie Shooter drew 43,708 viewers (2.13 rating/21.89 share) and TVNZ 2’s Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa 30,054 (1.46 rating/14.74 share).

Three won the night with a peak demo share of 19.17 vs 17.45 for TVNZ 1 and 13.04 for TVNZ 2.

TVNZ 1’s Friday night favourites earned it that night’s biggest share of 25-54s.

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