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Jack came out to his parents, the Halloween party went off without anyone ending up in hospital, and Bella doesn’t want to marry Dallas anymore. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 516,130 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 426,800 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Seven Sharp: 381,650 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Home and Away: 277,650 (TV2, 5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. The Block NZ: 264,830 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)

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This weekend on The Nation… Is the state house sell off privatisation by stealth? And who’s at the front of the queue to buy? 3News political editor Patrick Gower talks to the new social housing minister Paula Bennett in her first sit down interview in the role.

And, with the midterm elections looming in the United States, we talk to New Zealand’s ambassador Mike Moore and the Kiwi corporate high flyer and advisor to Mitt Romney in his 2012 campaign, Chris Liddell. Continue reading »

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 »


Choice TV announced today the strategic investment by Blue Ant Media, which will result in it becoming the majority shareholder of Choice TV.

Blue Ant Media, one of Canada’s largest independent media companies, produces and distributes content globally for targeted categories including lifestyle, nature, music and travel. The company engages fans across television, digital, magazines and live events. Blue Ant owns and operates 10 consumer media brands, including Cottage Life, Travel+Escape, Oasis and Smithsonian Channel Canada. Continue reading »

TVNZ dropped Masterchef New Zealand in favour of MKRNZ, the former of which has been picked up by TV3. The new format was something the programmers were banking on as a better option, so how did it perform?

Not nearly as well.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Downton Abbey: 65450 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Arrow: 45080 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  3. The Flash: 37310 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. C.S.I: 36980 (TV3, 8:45pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Love Child: 36170 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 608,600 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 447,490 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Seven Sharp: 446,110 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 383,080 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces: 352,920 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)

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the_bachelor_nz_logoI did an interview yesterday with the Sunday Star Times about reality TV in New Zealand and one of the things we discussed was whether we were going to see TV networks produce their own new formats or buy into the franchises that are already available.

Earlier this year, TV3 tried their hand at a new cooking format. It failed miserably in the ratings. At this years new season launch, however, it wasn’t original formats that dominated but existing international franchises that are getting a local twist. Continue reading »