John Campbell to leave MediaWorks

  • TV
  • May 21, 2015
  • StopPress Team
John Campbell to leave MediaWorks

Today, MediaWorks announced via a story published on 3News that John Campbell would be leaving Campbell Live and that the show would be replaced by an alternative current affairs programme in the 7pm slot. The new show is expected to start within the next six to eight weeks and will run Monday to Thursday, with a yet-to-be-announced entertainment show running on Friday evenings.

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Half the nation tunes in to watch the Cricket World Cup final

  • TV
  • April 1, 2015
  • StopPress Team
Half the nation tunes in to watch the Cricket World Cup final

he Cricket World Cup final on Sunday saw nearly half the nation sitting on the edge of their seats rooting for the Black Caps as Sky’s viewer ratings soared. The 11-hour match attracted a whopping 1,964,500 viewers across Sky Sport and Prime TV, with free-to-air channel Prime posting its highest ratings ever, according to Sky's director of communications Kirsty Way.

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Hammers vs ladles: who won the battle of the formats?

  • TV
  • October 31, 2014
  • StopPress Team
Hammers vs ladles: who won the battle of the formats?

On Wednesday night, Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott, dubbed the Modern Day Hippies, were crowned the first winners of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand. This moment concluded the battle for New Zealand's latest food porn crown, while simultaneously bringing an end to a ratings battle that has waged since TVNZ first decided to schedule its programme against MediaWorks' The Block NZ. StopPress takes a look at how the two formats fared against each other.

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How the Paul Henry Show stacks up against Nightline

  • Media
  • October 14, 2014
  • StopPress Team
How the Paul Henry Show stacks up against Nightline

MediaWorks is playing the Paul Henry card next year and moving him to a hybrid TV/radio/digital breakfast show that will spell the end of The Paul Henry Show, Firstline and Marcus Lush on RadioLive. MediaWorks says his show was a success. So you can judge for yourself with a comparison to the last year of Nightline from Nielsen's TAM ratings. PLUS: Firstline vs. Breakfast.

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TVNZ wins with Germany as over 400,000 Kiwis tune in to watch the World Cup final

  • TV
  • July 15, 2014
  • Damien Venuto
TVNZ wins with Germany as over 400,000 Kiwis tune in to watch the World Cup final

Many of those who drove to work at the right time on 14 July claim to have found the Kiwi roads free of the traffic jams that usually typify the morning commute. This fortunate state of the road was largely attributable due to the nation's universities and schools being closed for the winter break, but the fact that 419,000 people (according to Nielsen TAM) tuned in to TV One to watch Germany take on Argentina in the final of the World Cup definitely also played a part.

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A matter of faith? Why broadcasters don't release minute-by-minute ratings

  • Media
  • February 7, 2014
  • Ben Fahy
A matter of faith? Why broadcasters don't release minute-by-minute ratings

There was a fair bit of chatter in the market last year after the Great Ratings Drop of 2013, something the broadcasters and their research partner Nielsen put down to a range of factors, including an improving economy, a mild winter and changing media consumption habits. Not surprisingly, the broadcasters remained confident that TV was an effective—and cost-effective—option for advertisers. But, in an age of supposed accountability and measurability, why don't they release minute-by-minute ratings data to the market to prove it?

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X Factor NZ debut not a spectacular, but still provides MediaWorks with good numbers

  • Media
  • April 23, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
X Factor NZ debut not a spectacular, but still provides MediaWorks with good numbers

The X Factor New Zealand, the latest of many popstar search programmes, debuted on New Zealand screens on Sunday to much publicity in the form of TVC campaigns, billboards and online advertising. The ratings coming out in the wake of the first two episodes haven't blown any ratings records to shreds, but X Factor NZ is providing MediaWorks with a solid opening act.

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MasterChef offers ratings respite for TVNZ with big jump on 2012—UPDATED

  • Media
  • February 12, 2013
  • StopPress Team
MasterChef offers ratings respite for TVNZ with big jump on 2012—UPDATED

TVNZ is currently taking a bit of flak over the direction—and the fairly significant decline in ratings—of its new primetime show Seven Sharp. But one of its faithful servants has continued to perform, with the first episode of the fourth season of MasterChef increasing its total audience by almost 100,000 viewers compared to last year.

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The Block NZ finale delivers big numbers

  • Media
  • September 7, 2012
  • Ben Fahy
The Block NZ finale delivers big numbers

In property mad New Zealand, The Block NZ was paying pretty low odds to be a ratings winner—and, due to all the opportunities for sponsor integration into the show—some of it comically gratuitous—a commercial winner as well. And while MediaWorks is remaining coy about the ad and partnership revenue the show has brought in, the first season did as expected and drew plenty of Kiwi eyeballs, with last night's final, which saw siblings Ben and Libby Crawford walk away with a tidy $237,000 profit, gaining an average 5+ audience of 491,600, up from 389,000 in the first episode.

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