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The BSA has released their latest research into the words we find offensive.  The usual suspects are at the top of the list but it appears as though we’re a little less offended than we used to be.

A Broadcasting Standards Authority survey of swear words shows that there has been little change in what people consider to be unacceptable language to be broadcast on air.

The survey, What not to Swear: The acceptability of words in Broadcasting, has been conducted four times since 1999 and is aimed at measuring any change in public attitudes. Continue reading »

home-and-awayIt initially it didn’t look too bad for TV3.  Then the numbers started to dwindle.  Third week in and there must be a certain degree of consternation at flower street.

In the three weeks prior to Home and Away moving to TV2, TV3 had an average audience of 258,587 viewers in their 5:30pm time slot.  For the last three weeks, the average audience for Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, which replaced Home and Away on TV3, was 61,629 viewers.  This equates to a 76% drop in audience for that time slot.

Since moving to TV2, Home and Away has increased in viewers by 8%; an average audience increase of 21,293 to 279,780. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mr Selfridge: 53360 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:45pm)
  2. Call The Midwife: 44520 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Top Gear: 40770 (PRIME, 7:30pm – 8:45pm)
  4. Skyfall: 23150 (SKY Movies 1, 8:35pm – 10:50pm)
  5. Babylon A.D.: 19750 (TV3, 9:00pm – 11:10pm) Continue reading »

americas-cup-logo-300In New Zealand there is very little choice when it comes to watching sport on television.  You can either pay a small fortune to Sky for their sports coverage or you can watch a select few events delayed, usually on Sky’s free to air channel Prime, or you can wait for a news bulletin for some highlights.

We’re rather deprived of sport on free to air television in this country due to the strangle hold monopoly that Sky Television has on sports rights.  Contrast this in Australia where there are regularly live games on free to air television from a number of sporting codes.  Even in the US, big sporting events like the Superbowl are broadcast on free to air channels.

While the viewing figures for things like grass roots rugby matches have dropped, and subsequently ticket sales, since Sky Television took over the broadcasting rights, when there is a sporting event that Kiwi’s care deeply about and can actually watch live on free to air television, then the ratings go through the roof.

Take yesterday’s first America’s Cup race between Team New Zealand and Oracle.  The ratings showed that it was the 4th most watched thing on TV yesterday.  More than half a million kiwis were glued to their televisions from 8am on a Sunday morning.  Those numbers are not insignificant. Continue reading »

Campbell Live had a good week last week for a number of reasons.  Firstly, their average audience per episode was up 11% to 336,220 viewers.  Secondly, they clocked up another win over Seven Sharp, the first in over two months.  And thirdly, while TV One was shedding 46% of the One News audience to 7pm, TV3 grew their audience for the third week in a row by 22%.

Seven Sharp’s average audience was down 7% on the previous week to 388,264 viewers, meaning that the gap between the two week-night current affairs shows has begun to close up again.

This week will be interesting to watch to see if Greg Boyed’s departure makes any difference to the ratings for TV One.


Most watched

  1. One News: 795,090 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Sunday: 725,150 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 558,320 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. America’s Cup World Series: 522,720 (TV ONE, 8:00am – 10:00am)
  5. Call The Midwife: 422,000 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)

Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Blue Bloods: 46520 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: 27050 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Special Victims Unit: 18330 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. You Only Live Twice: 13060 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 12:05am)
  5. Outrageous Fortune: 12420 (TV3, 10:30pm – 11:30pm) Continue reading »

2013-americas-cup-etnzIf you’re anything like me, the America’s Cup is kind of a big deal.  While it is generally regarded as an event for the super rich to throw money around, little old New Zealand has a proud history of doing incredibly well and really taking it to some of the richest men in the world.  As a country, we have produced some brilliant sailors and our boat designers are some of the best in the world.

I remember as a child watching KZ7 and following the cup and the drama it bought.  I remember watching us beat Dennis Conner in San Diego in 1995 and hearing those immortal words of Pete Montgomery, “The America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup” and then again in 2000, “The America’s Cup is still New Zealand’s Cup”.

While the class of boat has changed, so too has the commentary team on TVNZ and I’m really struggling to enjoy it as I once did.

While Martin Tasker and Peter Lester do an ok job of covering the America’s Cup for TVNZ, it’s just not the same without Pete Montgomery.   Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Hyundai Country Calendar: 572,080 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 553,350 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Intl Rugby Championship: 508,500 (SKY Sport 1, 7:35pm – 9:15pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Championship: 332,870 (PRIME, 9:10pm – 11:05pm)
  5. Intl Rugby Champs Post Game: 282,410 (SKY Sport 1, 9:15pm – 9:50pm) Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Shortland Street: 31980 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Location Location Location: 26650 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Home and Away: 19900 (TV2, 5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Coronation Street: 19430 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Hell’s Kitchen: 14320 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:30pm) Continue reading »