Survivor Nicaragua beats The Bachelor NZ's debut video

PETER MEECHAM/Stuff.co.nz

She wasn't best pleased about being kicked out of the jungle so early.

The New Zealand television tribe has spoken, and it chose Survivor Nicaragua over The Bachelor NZ.

The debut episode of the TVNZ 2 reality series was the top performing entertainment show on Sunday night.

Nielsen ratings data shows Survivor had an average audience of 145,800 in TVNZ 2's target demographic of people aged 18 to 49. When all viewers aged over five were counted, the average audience was 236,000.

TVNZ say they're proud of Survivor's viewer figures.
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TVNZ say they're proud of Survivor's viewer figures.

Throughout its two-hour long run, 373,588 viewers aged 18 to 49 tuned in to the show. 

Those results narrowly edged the opening two nights of the latest series of The Bachelor, which were watched by an average of 131,700 people in Three's target demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54.

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Survivor Nicaragua and Fair Go host Matt Chisholm .
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Survivor Nicaragua and Fair Go host Matt Chisholm .

However, they would have been beaten by last season's Bachelor opener, when 165,000 people tuned in to get their first look at Jordan Mauger.

TVNZ general manager programming John Kelly was please with Survivor's ratings.

"We're proud of what we and Warner Bros have produced and were excited to see that episode one was the top performing show in entertainment for the night. 

Survivor New Zealand continues tonight, with the two Tribes competing in their first Immunity challenge," he said in a statement.

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Whether Survivor's viewers will stick with the show, however, remains to be seen.

 - Stuff

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