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Co-founder of Throng. Favourite TV shows recently: Homeland and The Newsroom.


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  1. There was no time to complain about how bad Daniel’s fashion was on our eyes with our ears hurting so much. (Although, speaking of wardrobe: Dominic was getting a little picked on for dressing in sweats.) We’ll take a while to get Halo and Unfaithful out of our nightmares.
  2. Neil Finn took his cue from his song being sung on the show to start tweeting insults about the show.
  3. There’s er genuine concern for the girls going to retreat with Daniel, especially after his put on voice when reading out their names.

go-girls-cast-s5I’ve been a big fan of Go Girls from the start. It had all the right ingredients: an original concept, feel-good funny escapism that is not too far from home and a talented and gorgeous cast. When it’s winterly, dark and rainy, Go Girls was the perfect Kiwi show to sit down to watch with some chocolate and a glass of wine.

Every so often I’d travel and get behind. I’d lose track of the show and feel a little disconnected. Thanks to MySky, I’d have an evening binge session and remember just why I loved the show all over again.

I began to worry a little when the cast started getting lots of other gigs. I mean, it’s a wonderful thing that they were getting roles in US movies and shows, but it left me wondering how long the show could survive. Continue reading »

Stan Walker is the first judge to be announced for The X Factor NZ.  Awesome news, he was on our list of picks.

Multi-platinum recording artist Stan Walker will be one of four judges for The X Factor NZ, coming to TV3 in 2013.

MediaWorks made the announcement this morning, as part of the launch of the 2013 programme line-up for TV3 and FOUR.  The X Factor NZ host Dominic Bowden was emcee for the event, which saw Stan perform his hit single ‘Choose You’, before turning the stage over to The X Factor USA season one finalist Chris Rene, who sang his hit single ‘Young Homie’. Continue reading »

It’s the norm for a TV show to lose a certain proportion of viewers for its second episode.  Many just tune into the first episode to see what the show (and publicity) is all about and to be able to discuss it with others.  So how did New Zealand’s Got Talent do?

Last night’s episode defied the usual trend and went up!  The show drew an average audience of 974,930 compared to last week’s premiere of 934,820 viewers.

Last night an estimated average audience of 307,170 people watched the premiere episode of X Factor USA on TV3, compared with 325,130 watching The Ridges the previous night.  X Factor USA was down slightly on last year’s premiere average audience figure of 320,480.

X Factor USA was still TV3’s most viewed show yesterday, followed by 3 News on 263,600.

Full ratings figures for yesterday to come.


* Of course the reach for X Factor USA will be greater than that for The Ridges, but it was much longer show.

Hello, just letting you know that I’m going to be talking on Radio Rhema this morning at 10:10am about reality TV in New Zealand.

As many of you know, I’ve regularly commented on the use and mis-use of rating figures and the confusion over the difference between average audience and  cumulative audience (also known as reach).  An article about New Zealand’s Got Talent in Stuff does not help clear things up for readers, saying:

“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”

The two figures aren’t at odds: one is the average audience (934,820) and one is the cumulative audience (1.4 million). Further, both figures are provided by Nielsen.  TVNZ quotes ratings figures provided by Nielsen.

Here’s their definitions once again: Continue reading »

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Coronation Street: 81340 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Judy Bailey’s Australia: 21100 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. House: 20040 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. C.S.I: 19560 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Chawners’ Last Chance: 15040 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm) Continue reading »

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Most watched

  1. Hyundai Country Calendar: 604,490 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 586,290 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Intl Rugby: 494,400 (SKY Sport 1, 7:35pm – 9:15pm)
  4. Intl Rugby: 419,290 (PRIME, 9:10pm – 11:00pm)
  5. 3 News: 329,110 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm) Continue reading »