NZGT most watched show in 10 years
TV One got it right this time around with its re-start of the world-wide popular Got Talent format. With almost one million viewers per episode the talent quest has turned out to be the most-watched show here over the past 10 years.
Figures released by TVNZ conclude under a million people tuned in to watch Marlborough teen Clara van Wel be crowned winner on Sunday's decider episode. Van Wel walked away with a new Toyota Corolla and $100,000. Her first single is due to be released on December 7.
According to Nielson figures, Sunday's finale drew in more than 930,000 viewers.
TVNZ said of the people waching TV on Sunday evening about every second had their box tuned into NZGT, which earned it a rating of 22.9 per cent among all New Zealanders aged five and over.
Since New Zealand's Got Talent debuted in September, most episodes have attracted close to a million viewers.
Before Sunday night's episode more than 854,000 streams had been played on TVNZ Ondemand for the series.
Jeff Latch, head of TV One and TV2, said the broadcaster always thought the show would be a success.
"From the outset the goal was for New Zealand's Got Talent to be the biggest entertainment event of 2012," he said.
"For it to become the biggest show of the past 10 years shows that viewers have embraced the format which gives talented Kiwis the country over a platform from which to shine."
Nielson said the series was the most-watched in the past decade, but that excluded one-off special events.