Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Jono and Ben at Ten: 52140 (TV3, 10:10pm – 10:45pm)
  2. 7 Days: 45570 (TV3, 9:40pm – 10:10pm)
  3. Last Tango In Halifax: 38900 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:40pm)
  4. The Graham Norton Show: 35590 (TV3, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  5. NCIS: New Orleans: 35400 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 538,180 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Seven Sharp: 359,500 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Graham Norton Show: 298,480 (TV3, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  4. 7 Days: 282,690 (TV3, 9:40pm – 10:10pm)
  5. The Block NZ: 279,130 (TV3, 7:35pm – 8:40pm)

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This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve almost reached ‘peak cow’.

Then, with the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations taking place in Australia, our reporter Torben Akel takes a look at the pros and cons of the agreement for New Zealand and the likelihood of striking a deal at all.

And Tribal Huk gang president Jamie Pink runs a sandwiches in schools programme and thinks everyone should get involved in helping hungry children. We’ll ask him what drove him to start the programme and what he thinks the government should do about child poverty.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: Hive News founder Bernard Hickey, Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly and former Act MP and Medicines New Zealand chair Heather Roy.

The Nation screens Saturdays at 9:00am and 10am Sundays on TV3.

TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in New Zealand as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

Here’s the list of TV people with birthday’s today. Continue reading »

neon-logoSky announced the name and details of their new online streaming service this afternoon. The press release was a little vague so I called their GM, Dave Joyce, to get the skinny on the new service.

After hearing the pitch as to what and why, I got down to the questions the fans of shows like Game of Thrones and really wanted to know. Is the fifth season of Game of Thrones going to be available at the same time as it airs on SoHo? Continue reading »

jim-hickeyYou heard the news earlier today that Jim Hickey is to retire from TVNZ at the end of the year, here is the official press release from TVNZ.

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Carry the seven kingdoms of Westeros in your pocket, spend your day off hunting for a serial killer on the Mexican border or veg for a couple of hours on the couch with Matthew McConaughey – it’s all possible with NEON.

NEON is a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service powered by SKY, which makes it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment. NEON offers exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. Continue reading »


New to Choice TV, Get Growing brings local gardening to Kiwi screens with the third series of this popular programme at 7.30pm on Fridays (Freeview 12/ SKY 026).

Whether a serious or hobby gardener, Get Growing brings Kiwi gardens to life with a colourful mix of friendly encouragement, practical advice and how to, along with innovative ideas and fresh inspiration that is right on season.

Hosted by gardening personality, writer and public speaker Lynda Hallinan, this new series of Get Growing follows Lynda, who has moved out of the city, to a 17-hectare lifestyle block at Hunua, just south of Auckland. Continue reading »


Twenty-five years since last on New Zealand television, University Challenge, the general knowledge contest among New Zealand universities, is set for a return next month with a brand new series screening on Prime.

Executive Producer Tom Conroy is confident the time is right for the show’s re-introduction given the current popularity of quiz shows. “Essentially it’s the same format as first time round though today’s version is more relaxed and viewer friendly as we want folk at home to be able to answer some of the questions yet admire the level of knowledge the students exhibit. However, traditionalists will still be able to enjoy all the regular features like the split-screen contest for the ‘starter for 10’.” Continue reading »