HD Ratings: NCIS Fans Split

NCIS fans appear to be torn between the original and the latest spin-off, Hawai’i, following TVNZ 2’s decision to pit the latter against the former on Three. Hawai’i won both core commercial demographics the first night they clashed but Tuesday’s re-match saw NCIS win with Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and Hawai’i with TVNZ 2’s 18-49s. NCIS averaged […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 14 – 20

➢➢ The Pembrokeshire Murders (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Sunday) is a three-part dramatisation of the hunt for the killer of Peter and Gwenda Dixon, who were robbed and shot dead while walking on a coastal path in Pembrokeshire in 1989. Luke Evans (Nine Perfect Strangers), Keith Allen (Marcella), and Caroline Berry (Coronation Street) star. “The Pembrokeshire Murders […]

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HD Ratings: Breaking Dad Trips Up DWTS

Dancing With the Stars NZ’s second elimination round lost to Fair Go and Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad in the core commercial demographics on Monday. The shock exit of Eli Matthewson and his dance partner Johnny Williams averaged 3.7% of Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and 3.0% of 18-49s. The first half was out-rated […]

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Will You Be Watching Big Brother?

TVNZ 2 has picked up the latest series of Big Brother Australia to strip weeknights at 5.00. It will open with a two-hour premiere on May 11 and thereafter screen in 90-minute instalments. The show will replace the channel’s comedy line-up of The Simpsons, Friends and The Big Bang Theory. It will stream a day […]

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HD Ratings: DWTS Clobbers BGT

TVNZ failed to stymie last Sunday’s launch of Three’s Dancing With the Stars NZ with another popular variety show, Britain’s Got Talent. The season premiere of DWTS averaged 3.7% of Three’s target viewership, 25-54 year-olds, and 3.2% of TVNZ 2’s core audience, 18-49s. The opening half-hour was beaten by TVNZ 1 warhorse, Hyundai Country Calendar, which […]

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New Look for Crimestoppers

Top-rating Police Ten 7 is being rebranded Ten 7 Aotearoa and will launch on Thursday (TVNZ 2, 7.30). The refresh coincides with its 20th year on air and follows charges of racial stereotyping after former host Graham Bell’s straight talking came under fire. Here’s the media release: Rob Lemoto and Sam Wallace host TVNZ’s new-look Ten […]

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MasterChef NZ Lifts the Lid on Judges

Discovery NZ has revealed the first of its secret ingredients for the first revival of MasterChef NZ in seven years: the judges. Here’s the media release: YOU BUTTER BELIEVE IT… MASTERCHEF NZ IS BACK!  Your first look at our three incredible judges  Get ready to tantalise your tastebuds New Zealand, as our nation’s top amateur […]

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Network Movies in HD: April 30 – May 6

Saturday Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Three, 7.00) Dino Time (Maori TV, 7.00) 20th Century Women (Eden, 8.30) How to be Single (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (Maori TV, 8.40) American Assassin (Three, 9.20) The Butterly Effect 3 (Duke, 9.30) Cloud […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 7 – 13

➢➢ The best free-to-air movie premieres in the second week of May will be on the smaller channels. Eden will have Dark Waters (8.30 Sunday) and Maori TV, Radioactive (8.30 Sunday). They will play opposite the umpteenth re-run of The Fast and the Furious (albeit for the first time on TVNZ 2) and a repeat of San Andreas on Three. The weekend’s […]

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New to Prime Video in May

The NBC true-life dramatisation of the murder mystery that inspired hit podcast The Thing About Pam at last comes to NZ as part of Prime Video’s streaming premieres in May, along with the Bosch spin-off and a promising sci-fi series with stellar leads. THE THING ABOUT PAM (May 13) The 2011 murder of Betsy Faria resulted in her […]

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