Now here’s a dilema for you:  8pm on a Sunday night. Will you watch disfunctional Family A on TV2 or disfunctional Family B on TV3?

TV2 have decided to put their new show The Middle up against TV3’s Modern Family.

Both shows air on ABC in the US but Modern Family has the numbers.  12.61 million tuned in for the pilot of Modern Family while 8.71 tuned in for The Middle.  Since then, Modern Family has pulled in an average of 9.1 million viewers while The Middle has pulled in 6.8 million.

Both shows run back-to-back from 8:30pm on Wednesdays in the US but there are 25% more viewers who tune in for Modern Family.

Time will tell how the ratings will compare here.  In any case, two shows that work well together in the US for ABC are now going head to head here.

Which one will you watch?

TVNZ will provide the most comprehensive multi-platform coverage of an event in its history when it rolls out its content and broadcast schedule for this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

22 LIVE games will be broadcast across TV ONE and TVNZ 7 during the tournament including all of the All Whites games, six of 8 second round matches, all of the quarter and semi finals, 3rd v 4th play-off and the FIFA World Cup Final.

NZ vs Slovakia, NZ vs Italy, NZ vs Paraguay will be broadcast LIVE and free-to-air on TV ONE with a streamed simulcast on  Each game will replay the same day in full on TVNZ 7.

The best action from every single game will be included in a comprehensive highlights package to air on both channels every day of play.  The highlights will screen on TV ONE in the lead-up to ONE News with a repeat at 11pm.  TVNZ 7 will broadcast them at 6:10pm.

“We have chosen an initial schedule based on favourites and form but if there’s an upset, an unexpected pairing or a crucial match as the knock-out stages unfold, we have the ability to alter our line-up accordingly – that also allows for the possibility of the All Whites qualifying for the knock-out stage”, says TVNZ’s General Manager of Sport Murray Needham.

NZ Radio’s 2010 Sports Presenter of the Year, Martin Devlin will anchor TVNZ’s coverage and will be joined in studio by experts throughout the tournament, “Martin is one of the country’s most well known football fans and he has an extensive historical knowledge of the game including the World Cup”.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 10th to screen live on NZ television.  The final between host country West Germany & Holland (2-1) in 1974 was the first World Cup game to be transmitted live and in colour – this year’s tournament will be the first on multiple platforms.

“It’s always such a phenomenally popular global event and with the All Whites there too we are determined to bring it to as many kiwis as possible in as many ways as possible – on-air, online, Ondemand… even on your phone”.

The online offering across includes a FIFA World Cup website, a dedicated All Whites microsite, a mobile site for results direct to internet capable phones and sport tipping plus a Twitter feed and an All Whites Facebook fan page.

An electronic calendar of TV ONE & TVNZ 7’s broadcast schedule has been created and will be updated immediately if the schedule is amended.  Click on the links at the base of the page to see the schedule online at Google Calendars.


TV ONE is broadcasting 11 games LIVE including the Opening Ceremony and opening match, all of the All Whites games, one second round game, two quarter finals, both semi finals, 3rd v 4th play-off and the World Cup Final.  Highlights featuring action from every game played will air between 5-6pm and repeat at 11pm each day of play (Exception: Highlights screen 5:30-6pm on Saturday 12th & 19th of June).

TV ONE’s new Sunday afternoon sport show, Skoda Game On is running the documentary series, ‘Road to the 2010 World Cup’ and has a dedicated football slot during Skoda Game On – Extra Time each week in the lead-up and during the tournament.


ONE News will have an integrated newsroom running round the clock in South Africa for the full duration of the FIFA World Cup.  Award winning journalists, Craig Stanaway and Donna-Marie Lever and senior sport producer Antony Stevens will cover the news and sport stories from the tournament for TVNZ across all news bulletins, programmes and platforms with live reports into One News at 6pm throughout the World Cup.


TVNZ 7 is carrying an additional 11 games LIVE including pool matches England vs USA, Australia vs Germany, Spain vs Honduras and Portugal vs Brazil, five of the 8 second round games and two quarter finals.

TVNZ 7 will screen full replays of all 22 games including the opening match between South Africa and Mexico, the All Whites games, six of the 8 second round matches, all four quarter finals, the two semi finals, 3rd v 4th play-off and the World Cup Final.

The replays air between 1-5pm on the day the game plays and highlights screen at 6:10pm every day of tournament play.

TVNZ 7 simulcasts on Freeview 7 and SKY TV 97.

ONLINE: will carry comprehensive coverage in the build up to and throughout the FIFA World Cup, bringing the tournament to you wherever you are.

FIFA 2010 World Cup site –

Match reports, fixtures & results, blogs from the ONE News team in South Africa and Martin Devlin back home, commentary from football writers Sarah Williams and Michael Burgess, LIVE streaming of selected matches including all of the All Whites games, video highlights packages, team profiles, polls, World Cup survival tips, printable wall chart and sweep information, on-air schedules, presenter profiles and more.

All Whites site – an entire site dedicated to the All Whites goes live next week.  Everything you need to know about the team including feature articles, player profiles, video, audio, images and messages of support.

Football World Cup Tipping –

As part of our package of sport tipping products we have a World Cup game that people can play, it’s easy to join and use and existing TVNZ sport tippers are automatically registered.

Twitter –

The latest news and info about the build-up and tournament, the All Whites and the 22 LIVE games coming up on TV ONE & TVNZ 7 will be updated on Twitter.

Facebook – TVNZ All Whites Supporters page

The place to go and talk about the All Whites – interact with fellow fans, leave messages of support for the team, post pictures or video and vote in polls.  Plus we’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s happening on air and at

Mobile website – follow the football when you’re travelling – get the latest news, results, fixtures and match reports on your mobile phone (internet capable device required).  Mobile site goes live in May,


TV ONE FIFA World Cup Schedule – click on the link or paste into your browser –

TVNZ 7 FIFA World Cup Schedule – click on the link or paste into your browser –

George FM’s breakfast show host, Nick D, is about to head off to exotic and far flung parts of the planet to film the second series of the music and travel show Making Tracks. While Nick is away making the award winning C4 show, George FM listeners will be looked after by some of his best TV mates.

First up will be Oliver Driver who will be taking on hosting duties for three weeks from Monday May 10.

From May 31 Clarke Gayford will take over the reigns for two weeks with Jaquie Brown joining him each Monday to create the kind of radio magic only she can.

George FM Programme Director Ande Macpherson is thrilled by the calibre of the talent who will be standing in for Nick.

He comments: “Oliver, Clarke and Jaquie are all at a loose end and it seemed only right that we should force them to get out of bed early like everyone else does. We will welcome them to our state of the art Ponsonby Road studios and most importantly I know the George FM listeners will be in for a treat”.

Making Tracks will screen later this year on C4.

Maori Television’s new cooking presenter Manawa Wright may not be trying to emulate famous television chef Jamie Oliver but he definitely comes close in new culinary series TAO premiering on Friday May 7 at 6.00 PM.

A 100 per cent Maori language cooking show, TAO takes viewers on a journey to find cost effective, nutritious, healthy meals that are targeted at rangatahi cooks aged between 14 and 25 years. “I don’t pretend to be an accomplished chef,” admits Manawa (Ngati Rangitihi). “In fact, just like the viewers, I’m going on a culinary journey particularly in terms of my proficiency in the kitchen. It’s been a real trip for me to take lessons in dicing and chopping in order to look better on camera as the show progresses!”

TAO – which has many meanings including ‘cooked’ – comprises 32 half-hour episodes that take viewers to a different home every week, giving advice to suit varied lifestyles and budgets. Each episode is unique depending on logistics such as size of the individual kitchen, with the ultimate aim of benefitting the family’s health and pockets. In addition to the cooking element, the show includes tips on choice of produce and food bargains. The focus of the show also depends on individual guests’ backgrounds such as whether they are single, flatmates, tertiary students, stay at home parents or working households.

Manawa admits he’s finding the expert guidance of qualified clinical nutritionist Noella Taiapa (Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata) also helpful on a personal basis. “TAO has taught me how to cook yummy nutritious meals in just 30 minutes. And learning about the nutritional value of different produce has been amazing.” Ultimately TAO aims to be a fun way to teach people how to cook healthy kai. Manawa adds: “I’m not a professional chef and may not be cutting perfectly but the meals still come out great. The idea is to enable everyone to make fantastic meals fast.”

The show’s producer, Pirihira Hollings (Te Arawa, Rangitane o Wairarapa, Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Raukawa) says she was one of six in her family and had to cook from the age of 14. “It would have been nice to have had alternative yummy ideas to help vary the meals I prepared. And even though my dad was a talented cook, I ended up cooking the same meals when he had to work late only because I didn’t know better.”

Join Manawa on his journey to healthy, cost effective eating with TAO – screening on Maori Television every Friday at 6.00 PM from May 7.

Just how well did Masterchef New Zealand do?

A news weatherman in the United States gets a little carried away with his graphics.

3 News maintains its stronghold over the 18-49 demographic beating One News yet again with a 32.2% share compared to their 28%.

And owning the Auckland market, 3 News has surged ahead in the 18-49 Auckland Urban demographic, with a 15.2% rise in ratings to 33.6% compared to One News‘ 20.1% – down a staggering 26.0% compared to this time last year.

In the 18-39 Auckland Urban demographic 3 News saw the highest increase, ending the month of April on a 32.5% share, up 17.3% compared to the same time in 2009. One News also took its biggest knock in this demographic, down to a 15.4% share, 33.4% lower year-on-year.

3 News is also well head of One News in the demographic of 25-54 Auckland Urban. Up 4.6% to 32.2%, 3 News takes hold leaving One News trailing at 23.6%, down significantly by 22.5%.

Mark Jennings, Director of News and Current Affairs says the growth in Auckland is encouraging.

He comments: “While we don’t over focus on Auckland, the city has become a powerhouse for us.  I think Aucklanders like their news to be straight to the point and not dressed up with unnecessary packaging.  I think we have hit on a winning formula with our emphasis on breaking news and the direct style in which it is presented.”

Most watched

  1. One News: 694,820 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coastwatch: 658,390 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Medical Emergency: 619,450 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 537,010 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 501,000 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coastwatch: 658,390 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Medical Emergency: 619,450 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Pacific: 438,150 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Desperate Housewives: 419,020 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Destroyed in Seconds: 362,020 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. Emmerdale: 139,410 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  2. ONE News Midday: 127,580 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  3. The Erin Simpson Show: 109,710 (TV2, 4:35pm – 5:00pm)
  4. Hannah Montana: 95,050 (TV3, 3:55pm – 4:05pm)
  5. Good Morning: 94,070 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 694,820 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coastwatch: 658,390 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Medical Emergency: 619,450 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 501,000 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. The Pacific: 438,150 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 537,010 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Desperate Housewives: 419,020 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Brothers & Sisters: 320,870 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Supernanny: 281,680 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. My Wife and Kids: 163,570 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 474,670 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Destroyed in Seconds: 362,020 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. C.S.I: 328,010 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. The Real Hustle New Zealand: 327,320 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 326,330 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Family Guy: 98,900 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. King of the Hill: 88,390 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Malcolm in the Middle: 53,440 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  4. My Name is Earl: 50,550 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Heroes: 50,470 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime News: 188,060 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal Or No Deal: 145,440 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Sea Patrol: 117,500 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Deal or No Deal: 117,490 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Million Pound Place in the Sun: 107,080 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. The Simpsons: 24,920 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Law & Order: 24,400 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ANZ Netball: 51,730 (7:15pm – 8:45pm)
  2. ANZ Netball Post Game: 46,780 (8:45pm – 8:55pm)
  3. ANZ Netball: 24,450 (9:00pm – 10:25pm)

Biggest increases

  1. Medical Emergency: TV ONE 619450 – up from 559750 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. King of the Hill: C4 88390 – up from 38870 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Sea Patrol: PRIME 117500 – up from 78950 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Close Up: TV ONE 501000 – up from 462520 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: TV3 474670 – up from 438950 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases

  1. The Real Hustle New Zealand: TV3 327320 – down from 399390 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. C.S.I: TV3 328010 – down from 378890 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Destroyed in Seconds: TV3 362020 – down from 403960 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Pacific: TV ONE 438150 – down from 476790 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. My Wife and Kids: TV2 163570 – down from 200530 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)


  1. Million Pound Place in the Sun: PRIME (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. Tonight: TV ONE (10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share

  • TV ONE: 28.6%
  • SKY Network: 24%
  • TV2: 17.4%
  • TV3: 16.9%
  • PRIME: 6.4%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.2%
  • C4: 2.7%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: AGB Nielsen, 5+

Production has begun here in New Zealand on Avalon High, a fantasy-filled Disney Channel Original Movie starring Britt Robertson (“Life Unexpected”) and Gregg Sulkin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”).

Based on the award-winning novel by best-selling author Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), the movie follows Allie Pennington, a new student to Avalon High who is shocked to discover that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court.

Starring are: Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington, Gregg Sulkin as Will Wagner, Joey Pollari (Disney XD’s “Skyrunners”) as Miles, Devon Graye (“Dexter”) as Marco, Molly Quinn (“Castle”) as Jen, Christopher Tavarez (“Big Momma’s House 2″) as Lance, and Steve Valentine (“I’m in the Band,” “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” “Crossing Jordan”) as Mr. Moore.

Avalon High is expected to premiere in later this year.

Lost creator J.J. Abrams is working on a new series called Undercovers.

The feds investigating the Times Square bomb scare in New York have not ruled out the possibility the failed attack was in retaliation to the controversial episode of South Park.

Charlie Sheen looks set to don the bowling shirts again with reports suggesting the sitcom star is close to sealing a new deal for more Two and a Half Men.

A new Disney Channel telemovie called Avalon High has begun production in New Zealand.

American actress Helen Wagner has died aged 91.