In the past few years it is not surprising to anyone, that the way we are watching TV has, and is still changing. Although TV audiences have decreased over time there are still key shows that we viewers are still hooked on.
Good old Shortland Street has been running on TVNZ2 for 24 years (first episode was May 1992). Over time we have had every story line possible, and those dedicated viewers still can’t get enough. Monday nights seem to be the most popular night for HHS w/kids 0-14 and last week’s ratings are showing there must be some juicy story lines happening at present. Good old Chris Warner (and even the non-Shorty Street viewer has probably heard of him) has triplets that have turned up on his door step and causing lots of mischief and scandal. One of the triplets Frank is a bad boy, and evidently good eye candy, and maybe this has some pull on the HHS viewers. Shortland Street still holds those loyal viewers, (averaging 14 ratings YTD for HHS and 10 ratings All 25-25), and I’m sure has many more juicy story lines to come.
A returning TVNZ2 favourite that has not screened a first episode since 2010 is Sensing Murder. We have had continuous repeats over the last year, which still manages to rate really well. Beginning of March saw the brand new series start, and although ratings are down considerably since it ran last, seven years ago, for this day and age it is absolutely holding its own with an average of 12 ratings for HHS w/kids 0-14 and a 9 for All 25-54 year olds. We are only 4 weeks into the new series, and have a further 4 weeks to go.
Now we can’t go past Married At First Sight Australia on Three, this has a lot of followers glued to their screens week after week in this multi night format. Ratings are up this year for HHS w/kids 0-14, +15% on average since the show first screened in 2015. All 25-54 is rating the same, compared to the average since the show began. Which couples will last the distance, we’ll have to wait and see?
Another Three show that has just hit our screens this year is the return of The Bachelor NZ for the third year in a row – will this year’s bachelor Zac, meet the love of his life? We are only into the second week of screening, and although rating so far are down slightly on the last couple of years, audiences are likely to grow over the coming nine weeks as we watch in anticipation to see who will receive the next red rose?
An old favourite on Three; Jono and Ben has moved nights from Friday to Thursday, with change of format now being broadcast live. We have seen the ratings slip for both All 25-54 and HHS, but am in hope that once it settles into its new time slot that the loyal viewers will return.
Kanoa Lloyd, Jesse Mulligan and Josh Thompson host the new show on Three, The Project . (started 20 February at 7pm) The show combines current affairs and entertainment in a unique way, it offers audiences an intelligent and informative and very funny half hour show, mixed with stories from NZ and around the world.
The AM Show also started in February hosting Amanda Gillies, Mark Richardson and Duncan Garner. Big shoes to fill since the departure of Paul Henry in December, the show is holding its own and ratings have increased over the last couple of weeks which have brought both HHS and All 25-54 to almost the same ratings as The Paul Henry Show was delivering.
With quarter two about to start next week, we have a few new programmes to look out for, including TVNZ1 The Naked Choir (starts Sunday 30 April at 8:30), this show is out to find New Zealand’s most entertaining cappella performers as it tours around the country looking for groups of all shapes and sizes, young and old and from all walks of life. Doctor Doctor starts the same week on TVNZ1 (Wednesday 3 May at 8:30), this Australian television series follows the story of Hugh Knight, a rising Heart surgeon who is charming and infallible. He is a hedonist who, due to his sheer talent believes he can live outside the rules with his “work hard, play hard” philosophy.
The ultimate test of endurance, Survivor New Zealand, is a local version of the International format (starting Monday 8 May at 7:30) on TVNZ2, filming in Nicaragua, Central America, the series will see Kiwi contestants battle it out, competing in reward and immunity challenges, but only one will survive…
The Block NZ is back on Three (commencing Sunday 28 May) stripped across the week Sunday-Wednesday, for the sixth year in a row. The series has previously had houses in Auckland’s Takapuna, Belmont, Pt Chevalier, Sandringham and Meadowbank, where will this year’s houses be?
TV had seen a shaky start to 2017, but we have seen some recovery in audience and rating levels over the last couple of weeks, long may this continue!