Season High for After the Party

TVNZ 1’s Sunday night NZ drama After the Party reaches its fraught conclusion this weekend after rebounding in the ratings last Sunday to post a season high.

The penultimate episode drew 65,106 viewers in the core commercial demographic of 25-54 year-olds.

It trumped both TVNZ 2’s Ocean’s Thirteen (34,949 viewers) and Three’s Married at First Sight UK (35,916).

The Robyn Malcolm drama was helped by big turnouts for lead-ins Hyundai Country Calendar (157,341 viewers) and Sunday (108,644).

But it was still up sharply on previous eps that have averaged 40,000-45,000 viewers and topped the premiere’s 57,545.

It’s also rating much higher than WWII drama lead-out World on Fire, which last weekend averaged 25,053.

TVNZ 1 won the night with a huge peak-demo share of 35.67, vs 15.03 for Three and 14.93 for TVNZ 2.

TVNZ 1 also easily led the 25-54 race on Monday, when Border Security and The Casketeers won the 7.30 hour against TVNZ’s My Kitchen Rules NZ and Three’s The Block Australia.

But TVNZ 2 dominated post-8.30 with the movie The Notebook.

The competition was tighter on Tuesday, when Three’s peak-demo share was 21.24, still well behind TVNZ 1’s 29.53 but just ahead of TVNZ 2’s 20.28.

The biggest tussle was at 7.30 when TVNZ 1’s Grand Designs NZ drew 79,733 viewers, TVNZ 2’s MKR 75,677 (over two hours) and Three’s The Block 65,514.

It was a similar outcome on Wednesday, when The Block was Three’s most popular programme of the night, beating both TVNZ 1’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and TVNZ 2’s Taskmaster UK — although Taskmaster Australia won the 8.30 hour.

TVNZ 2 and Three were neck-and-neck on Thursday, when the former’s peak-demo share (18.90) and the latter’s (18.56) cut TVNZ 1’s lead (26.91).

The Voice Australia won the 7.30 hour for TVNZ 2 (57,043), which was up 15,000 week-on-week, taking more viewers viewers off TVNZ 1’s Cooks on Fire (43,947) than Three’s The Graham Norton Show (40,003).

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One Response to “Season High for After the Party”

  1. Agreed – the best thing on TV in years. Robyn Malcolm is a genius

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