The Antony Starr-led Banshee handed over the Kiwis-on-the-(US)-box baton to the Rose McIver-led iZombie last week.
Banshee grew its audience during its just-completed third season, although the viewer numbers are fairly low by US standards, averaging 580,000 per episode in the preferred 18-49 demographic. Indeed, more Kiwis used to watch Starr in Outrageous Fortune at the height of its popularity.
The numbers were considered good enough to confirm a fourth series last month, which will run eight episodes rather than 10 of the third season.
iZombie opened to a considerably larger audience of 2.3 million viewers (18-49), with 12 more episodes to come in its first season. However, since producers described McIver’s role as “a ZILF”, the 18-49 demographic might not be where a good segment of its viewers come from.
The most-watched drama in the US last week was the two-hour season finale of Empire, which attracted a record-breaking 16.7 million viewers.