Everybody's talking about NZGT

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 14:22 10/09/2012
Fairfax NZ

Four years after Prime's semi-successful go at New Zealand's Got Talent, the show is back via a TVNZ reboot.

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It was obviously a question burning in the backs of minds across the country last night, as Twitter exploded with people commenting on whether New Zealand in fact, had talent.

The answer? It was divided. But what was certain, an awfully large number of people tuned in to watch New Zealand's first episode of yet another Simon Cowell money-maker.

While Nielsen put the average audience of the TVNZ show at 934,820 viewers, TVNZ said NZGT attracted all up over 1.4 million Kiwis, making it the most watched debut episode of a TV entertainment series in the past eight years. In comparison, TV 3's break-out show, The GC, gained just 370,660 viewers on its first showing, while the final of DYI show The Block had 476,410 viewers.

NZGT was still the number one trending topic on Twitter at midday today however, and judge Rachel Hunter was also trending in the number three spot.

At certain times throughout last night's show, Twitter experienced issues loading due to the volumes of tweets under the #NZGT hashtag that were coming through.

Some of the most popular moments were when 91-year-old Olivia Turner took the stage and Russell Gray's pelvic thrusting toward Hunter's direction.

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