Most watched

  1. One News: 643,970 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 594,940 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Intl Netball: 573,540 (TV ONE, 7:55pm – 9:15pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 524,680 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Close Up: 487,220 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Intl Netball: 573,540 (TV ONE, 7:55pm – 9:15pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 524,680 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Intl Netball Pre Game: 455,350 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 7:55pm)
  4. Motorway Patrol: 446,580 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Intl Netball Post Game: 438,740 (TV ONE, 9:15pm – 9:20pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 129,120 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. 60 Minute Makeover: 120,770 (TV ONE, 3:00pm – 4:00pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 120,340 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  4. Dickinson’s Real Deal: 108,380 (TV ONE, 2:00pm – 2:55pm)
  5. ONE News 4:30: 106,760 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 643,970 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Intl Netball: 573,540 (7:55pm – 9:15pm)
  3. Close Up: 487,220 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Intl Netball Pre Game: 455,350 (7:30pm – 7:55pm)
  5. Intl Netball Post Game: 438,740 (9:15pm – 9:20pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 594,940 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 524,680 (7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Motorway Patrol: 446,580 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. 20/20: 275,420 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. The Vampire Diaries: 243,770 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 349,030 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The X Factor: 317,270 (7:30pm – 9:55pm)
  3. Best of the Billy T’s: 241,840 (9:55pm – 10:25pm)
  4. Home and Away: 236,500 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 212,000 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. American Dad: 115,960 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  2. The Cleveland Show: 99,170 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Family Guy: 98,770 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Futurama: 98,680 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. South Park: 93,420 (9:00pm – 9:35pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime News: 124,060 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: 98,720 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Survivors: 87,280 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. QI: 85,020 (9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  5. Life After People: 76,150 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Hunting Aotearoa: 32,110 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  2. Hyundai Code: 29,880 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI:NY: 31,560 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 65,360 (7:30pm – 9:15pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 29,330 (9:15pm – 9:25pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. 20/20: TV2 275420 – up from 224130 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  2. MasterChef Australia: TV ONE 270380 – up from 226790 (4:55pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Survivors: PRIME 87280 – up from 59410 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Life After People: PRIME 76150 – up from 50980 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 118650 – up from 94130 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. My Wife and Kids: TV2 144970 – down from 302630 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Motorway Patrol: TV2 446580 – down from 586970 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 594940 – down from 717990 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: TV2 524680 – down from 609460 (7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE 136800 – down from 207660 (10:20pm – 10:55pm)


  1. Intl Netball Pre Game: TV ONE (7:30pm – 7:55pm)
  2. The X Factor: TV3 (7:30pm – 9:55pm)
  3. Intl Netball: TV ONE (7:55pm – 9:15pm)
  4. Intl Netball Post Game: TV ONE (9:15pm – 9:20pm)
  5. This is Not My Life: TV ONE (9:20pm – 10:20pm)
  6. Best of the Billy T’s: TV3 (9:55pm – 10:25pm)
  7. Nightline: TV3 (10:25pm – 10:55pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 30.1%
  • SKY Network: 23.3%
  • TV2: 18%
  • TV3: 15.8%
  • PRIME: 5.2%
  • C4: 4%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.9%
  • Maori TV: 0.5%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Abrams working on Alcatraz series

J.J. Abrams is currently developing a new drama series based around the infamous prison island Alcatraz. Abrams will team up with a former Lost producer on the project who will also write the pilot episode.

Lie To Me loses Phifer

Lie To Me will be without series regular Mekhi Phifer for the show’s third season after the actor was forced to leave for creative reasons. Phifer’s character Special Agent Ben Reynolds will no longer be involved due to a shift in the direction of the storyline.

The Stig to go?

Following tradition, Top Gear could axe The Stig in favour of a new test driver after his identity was officially revealed yesterday following the BBC’s failed court case against HarperCollins and racing driver Ben Collins. There are rumours a new driver would be installed to keep viewers guessing.

The Office chasing Kietel

The Office’s producer Paul Lieberstein has announced his ideal pick to replace Steve Carell on the comedy series: Harvey Keitel. Lieberstein told E! Online that Kietel is “probably the only guy who could do it” and also pointed out that the veteran film actor is now doing TV.

Official data detailing August’s viewing behaviour shows 3 News has lost to ONE News in its own target demographic for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.

The average audience across the month of August 2010 shows that ONE News had 205,190 viewers aged 18-49 watching the main 6pm bulletin every evening compared to 198,650 viewers in the same age group watching 3 News.  July data showed ONE and 3 News were neck and neck with ONE News just slightly behind in TV3’s own target demographic.

The last time ONE News beat 3 News in 18-49 age group was in August 2008 (during the Beijing Olympics).

Total viewership data for all news and current affairs television programmes during August on FTA is detailed below.


NZI Business 59,010
Breakfast 194,690
ONE News Midday 132,610
ONE News @ 4:30 106,080
ONE News 671,030
Close Up 525,430
Tonight 183,520
Sunday 521,810
Fair Go 660,900
Q+A 68,530
Te Karere 4pm 70,410
Marae 54,080

Campbell Live (R) 8,130
3 News at Twelve 30,100
3 News 376,020
Campbell Live 252,660
Nightline 156,700
60 Minutes 292,310
Target 399,530
The Nation 14,940

Maori Television
Te Kaea 7:30pm 5,950
Native Affairs 13,970

Another week, another New Zealand’s Next Top Model drama.

This comparison popped up on Twitter this week, showing a Bulgari campaign featuring Julianne Moore on the left and NZNTM’s Elza on the right.



Source: Isaac Likes

TV One brings international netball back to primetime tonight when our very own Silver Ferns host the Australians live from Wellington in the second game of the Constellation Cup.

Up for grabs is not only the title of best in the world but also much-needed confidence heading into the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.

Australia narrowly conquered the Ferns in the first game over in Adelaide last weekend but with home advantage this time around, our girls may well have the edge.

Join the One sport team led by Toni Street as they bring you live coverage of the second test between the Silver Ferns and Australia at 7.30pm from Wellington.

The BBC has lost its fight to keep the identity of The Stig a secret after heading to court against HarperCollins.

Lawyers from the broadcaster lost out in keeping Top Gear driver Ben Collins’ autobiography under wraps with a judge ruling the publication can go ahead.

The BBC wanted to keep the identity of the infamous Top Gear test driver confidential in order to not disturb the viewers; enjoyment of the show.

They claimed Collins’ book was a breach of contract and subsequently took the 35-year-old driver to court.

Collins is known to the second Stig on the show, taking up the gig in 2003 after original black Stig Perry McCarthy was axed following his identity being revealed.

Collins autobiography is expected to be released later this month.


Entries are now open for the New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition, with New Zealand’s first ever MasterChef winner Brett McGregor joining the judging panel. Organised by the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association and held in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show, the competition celebrates the success, quality and variety of New Zealand’s gourmet oils,

The New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition, now in its seventh year, is open to New Zealand produced Olive Oil including classes for Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Delicate, Medium and Intense plus classes for Walnut Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Avocado Oil.

Oils will be judged by a panel of independent food industry experts including 2009 MasterChef Brett McGregor, Senior CPIT Tutor of Professional Cookery Bill Bryce, Nik Mavromatis from Mediterranean Food Company plus leading chefs and industry identities Trish Coleman, Chris Fortune and Jonny Schwass.

The aim of the New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition is to promote to the New Zealand public the quality and variety of oils produced and commercially available in New Zealand.

“On my return to New Zealand there seemed to be an abundance of quality ingredients and our beautiful olive oil is no exception. Fresh, delicious and fruity it now rates with the best from around the world. It is amazing that we have a competitive oil industry that really is still in its infancy”, commented McGregor.

The winner of the 2009 Best In Show, judged best overall from all Gold medal winners, was an Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced by Creekside Olive Estate in Marlborough.

Entries close 5pm Friday 29 October with winners announced on Wednesday 3 November 2010. Winning oils will be on display at the Canterbury A&P Show in the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion.

The Canterbury A&P Show runs from 10-12 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park Christchurch. Attracting on average 110,000 people, over 7000 livestock and feature competition entries and 600 trade exhibitors, plus three full days of entertainment, it is the largest Agricultural and Pastoral Show in the country.

(From a press release)

TVNZ 7 and The Science Learning Hub through the University of Waikato have collaborated to provide schools, teachers and students with science and technology resources for the current curriculum based on two local series on TVNZ 7, Ever Wondered? and Science Made Simple. 

The resources pertain to each episode of Ever Wondered? and each Science Made Simple interstitial, and pose questions and activities for students, targeted at Years 5 to 10. The aim is to open the minds of students to the wonderment and magic of science and technology.

Philippa Mossman, Channel Manager for TVNZ 7, is delighted that TVNZ is once again able to provide valuable resources to education providers.

“We are very proud of the quality of our local science programmes. These education resources give us the wonderful opportunity to take these programmes from the television screen into the classroom to help make learning about science and technology fun.”

The Science Learning Hub’s Director Professor Alister Jones is also thrilled to be involved in the production of resources for New Zealand students.

“We see this collaboration as an opportunity to engage young New Zealanders in learning about the science and technology which occurs in New Zealand.”

Ever Wondered? is hosted by MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2009, Dr John Watt, and comprises ten 30-minute episodes. Produced in conjunction with the Royal Society of New Zealand, it answers challenging scientific questions as Dr Watt talks to Kiwi scientists and researchers and joins in on high-tech and hair-raising experiments.

Science Made Simple is a series of fifteen one minute animated programmes, narrated by TVNZ’s own Karen Olsen. Each episode demystifies commonly used, but little understood, scientific and technological terms including Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics and Black Holes.

Teachers can register their interest for the free resources at TVNZ’s website by 31 October. All registered parties will receive a set of DVDs and information about corresponding downloadable materials.

Most watched

  1. One News: 605,450 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 593,210 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Fair Go: 587,400 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Animal Rescue: 548,770 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 537,030 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Fair Go: 587,400 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Animal Rescue: 548,770 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 537,030 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Cougar Town: 448,230 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Castle: 313,490 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 123,720 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Dickinson’s Real Deal: 117,600 (TV ONE, 2:00pm – 2:55pm)
  3. 60 Minute Makeover: 116,750 (TV ONE, 3:00pm – 4:00pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 107,250 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. ONE News 4:30: 95,980 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 605,450 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 587,400 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Animal Rescue: 548,770 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 481,210 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Castle: 313,490 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 593,210 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 537,030 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Cougar Town: 448,230 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Chuck: 228,800 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Human Target: 201,900 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 399,050 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. 60 Minutes: 291,180 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Campbell Live: 264,770 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Home and Away: 259,880 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Lie To Me: 231,980 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Step Up 2 the Streets: 181,650 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Family Guy: 119,340 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Everybody Hates Chris: 92,300 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Malcolm in the Middle: 88,820 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 55,650 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Wife Swap: 144,360 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: 93,580 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Prime News: 85,520 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. True Blood: 65,460 (9:35pm – 10:45pm)
  5. Tough Guy or Chicken?: 48,300 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. The Simpsons: 33,690 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. C.S.I: 27,010 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Deaker On Sport: 27,860 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Inside New Zealand: TV3 218880 – up from 160820 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Malcolm in the Middle: C4 88820 – up from 42240 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  3. 60 Minutes: TV3 291180 – up from 249810 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Family Guy: C4 119340 – up from 79850 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: TV3 399050 – up from 368280 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Prime News: PRIME 85520 – down from 184410 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Human Target: TV2 201900 – down from 287070 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 593210 – down from 676170 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. One News: TV ONE 605450 – down from 680140 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Neighbours: TV2 71520 – down from 138520 (6:05pm – 6:35pm)


  1. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: C4 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Castle: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Step Up 2 the Streets: C4 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Real Life: TV ONE (9:25pm – 10:25pm)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE (10:25pm – 10:55pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 30.9%
  • SKY Network: 21.1%
  • TV2: 17.4%
  • TV3: 16.6%
  • C4: 5.7%
  • PRIME: 5%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.2%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

BBC fails to stop Stig book

The BBC has failed in its bid to stop the publication and sale of an autobiography by HarperCollins which will officially unmask The Stig from Top Gear. The broadcaster’s lawyers could not prevent racing driver Ben Collins’ autobiography from going ahead which, among other things, will tell the tale of the man behind the mask since 2003.

Grammer considering Frasier return

Kelsey Grammer is reportedly considering a revival of his character Frasier Crane in a new show which would focus on the kids of the characters from the original series. Grammer tweeted that he feels a Frasier reunion is overdue and that a new spin on the show might be a good idea.

Morgan confirms CNN talks

Piers Morgan is close to sealing a deal to take up the CNN night-time slot left by vacating talk show host Larry King. Morgan has confirmed that he is “near the end of negotiations” and has labelled the chance to present a news show on CNN as “one of the holy grails of television”.

Star Trek actor to guest on Big Bang

Former Star Trek actor George Takei will make an appearance on The Big Bang Theory in the comedy’s next season. Takei will play one side of Wolowitz’s conscience as he tries to make decision regarding a girl.

Hung renewed for third season

Comedy series Hung has been renewed from a third season by its American network HBO.