Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

ONE News

1. Labour campaigning for increased retirement age (Guyon Espiner, live cross)
2. Labour campaigning for compulsory Kiwisaver (Michael Parkin)
3. Maui gas pipeline leak still affecting business (Kate Lynch, live cross)
4. Maui gas pipeline leak still affecting business (Daniel Faitaua)
5. More PSA found in Kiwifruit (Heather du Plessis Allen, live cross)

3 News

1. Labour campaigning for increased retirement age and compulsory Kiwisaver (Duncan Garner)
2. Reaction to Labour’s retirement policy (Rebecca Wright)
3. Analysis of Labour’s policy announcement (Duncan Garner, live cross)
4. Fight in Italian parliament over raising the retirement age
5. Other policiy announcements from National, Mana and the Greens


The All Blacks celebrations have finally faded from the headlines with the 2011 Election taking the front seat.  Labour’s new retirement and Kiwisaver policies leading both bulletins. While it was all politics on TV3, even beyond the Top 5, One News had two stories about the Maui gas pipeline leak.  However, Daniel Faitaua’s story was completely redundant, adding nothing additional to everything Kate Lynch had already told us in the previous story. 



(From a Roy Morgan Research media release)

TV2’s Big Bang Theory has topped the list of New Zealand’s most loved television programs, up from 2nd place in 2010.

According to the latest Roy Morgan Single Source data (August 2010 – July 2011), Big Bang Theory boasts the highest number of New Zealanders aged 14+ years who agree that they “really love this program”. 

Big Bang Theory and Outrageous Fortune are followed by TV2’s Two and a Half Men in third place, which has been pushed out of its former #1 spot after a decrease in total number of “really love this program” fans. 

One News at 6pm, Country Calendar, Top Gear and NCIS continue to be among New Zealand’s most loved TV programs, ranking 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th respectively (which is also nearly identical to their 2010 rankings). 

As demonstrated in the following table, other major changes to the top 10 most loved programs in 2011 include TV2’s Shortland Street falling from its previously-held 7th place position to the number 10 spot, whilst TV2’s Grey’s Anatomy and TV3’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have dropped out of the top 10 altogether.

These programs have been replaced by new entrants The Mentalist (TV2) and Criminal Minds (One), making their top 10 debut in the 7th and 9th positions, respectively. 

Whilst Big Bang Theory is loved by both men and women (with 20% of men and 19% of women agreeing that they really love this program), it is interesting to note that the 2nd and 3rd most loved programs appear to mostly owe their rankings to either one gender or the other, particularly Two and a Half Men.  

In fact, apart from Big Bang Theory, One News at 6pm and Outrageous Fortune are the only other programs to appear in the top 10 ‘most loved’ TV programs for both men and women.

Following on from the TV3 New Season launch is the list of new and returning shows on Four.

It’s all about finding a new place to live first up with James van der Beek’s return to television playing himself in the new show Apartment 23.  

New Girl is another quirky room-mate based show that’s quite entertaining.


One comedy that has been slated is Whitney.

Finally, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns with her new series The Ringer.

New Shows:
Apartment 23
New Girl
The Ringer 

30 Rock
American Dad
America’s Next Top Model
Beauty and the Geek Australia
Family Guy
How I Met Your Mother
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
South Park
The Biggest Loser
The Cleveland Show
The Simpsons 
Top Chef
Wipeout Australia 

TVNZ is proud to announce the launch of its newest online-only series, Auckland Daze. 

With over 25,000 impressions on the Auckland Daze Facebook page and over 5,000 video views on Facebook and TVNZ Ondemand to date, the series is already cementing its popularity.

Airing from 5pm tonight, Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy-Award winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill. This time, the series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.

Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Fasi Amosa (Sione’s Wedding), Jimmy James Fletcher (Jono’s New Show), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”, plus an abundance of guest appearances by New Zealand celebrities including Craig Parker, Anna Hutchinson, Johnny Barker, Brendhan Lovegrove and Anna Julienne.

Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. Screening on TVNZ Ondemand, which has almost four hundred thousand unique viewers per month, Auckland Daze is also embedded into Facebook where viewers will be able to watch, “like” and share the episodes with their friends without having to leave their Facebook profile. After the episode, the audience will be prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from viewers will influence the plot of the next episode.

“Auckland Daze is another demonstration of TVNZ’s leadership in online video. This hilarious new show combines high profile writers and actors with an innovative platform that allows the audience to ‘like’, watch, share and influence the show without having to leave their Facebook page” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM – Digital Media.

Co-created, produced and directed by kiwi actor Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street), and with funding from NZ On-Air, the show promises to be hilarious, clever and full of twists the creators don’t even know about yet. “Auckland Daze is a ground-breaking digital-only show where the audience can have their say. It is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved with their favourite characters while having a laugh along the way.”

The first episode of Auckland Daze will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand from 5pm this afternoon. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook and catch up on some of the guys’ antics to date at

Last night Wendy Petrie apologised on One News for the incorrect breaking news ticker that appeared on Tuesday night reporting that a ship had broken up.

Last night New Zealand voted for the best and worst ads on television through the annual Fair Go Ad Awards.

Viewers chose Lotto’s ‘Wilson’ ad as their favourite for the year, while Big Save Furniture took out the worst ad category by an equally large margin.

Other nominees for the top spot were Sky TV’s ‘Matchfit’ ad, Pak’n’Save’s ‘Stickman’ ad and ASB’s ‘Boy and his sheep’ ad.

Sky TV again featured in the nominees for worst ad with both their ‘Happy place’ and a different ‘Matchfit’ ad nominated alongside ASB’s ‘IVF’ ad.


Best ad finalists

Sky TV  - Happy place    11%  

Lotto – Wilson the dog   60% 

Pak’nSave – Stickman   5% 

ASB – Boy and his sheep  23%


Worst ad finalists

Sky TV – Happy Place   10% 

ASB – IVF    9% 

Sky TV – Matchfit   20% 

Big Save Furniture – Bed Sale  60%


Source: TVNZ

Mediaworks TV have launched their 2012 new season for TV3 and Four with an interesting line up of new and old shows.

The event kicked off at the SkyCity Theatre in Auckland this morning with a mock X Factor style audition for the MC job. Video showed the network’s stars getting txt messages while they were recording their own shows and then bailing in the middle to rush to the audition.  The funnier of them all was Rachel Smalley leaving the Prime Minister during the middle of an interview.

Paul Henry was one of the judges who was ruthless in saying no to everyone, including Mike McRoberts, Ben Boyce and the 7 Days crew.  In the end, having been appalled at the talent, Henry decided that if you wanted a job done properly, then you did it yourself.

Henry took to the stage to introduce the event and the various presenters but not before he told a number of expletive ridden stories, mainly directed at his former employer TVNZ.

Everyone had been given fortune cookies as we arrived.  Paul opened his and read, “If you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

Many of TV3′s best performers are back in 2012 as well as new international dramas and some promising looking local shows.

On the local front, TV3′s programmer Kelly Martin has confirmed that The X Factor New Zealand is definitely in the works. The X Factor Australia, which is currently on across the Tasman, will screen during the summer.  

Also receiving some localization is the hit Australian show The Block.

New local comedies include a new panel show hosted by Jesse Mulligan called Would I Lie To You? based on the UK series.  Funny Roots will take comedians back to their roots to see if their routines work on them.  Also on the cards is a new comedy series from South Pacific Pictures called Golden, about an overweight rower who was a gold medal winning Olympian and has decided they want to get back in shape.

Possibly the most anticipated show will be at 7pm on Sunday night. The Paul Henry Show.  The format is still in development but no doubt it will be a hit.

The new dramas to look out for on TV3 are Homeland, a new cable show from the makers of 24, Awake, Grimm, Terra Nova, The Finder and American Horror Story from the makers of Nip/Tuck and Glee.

TV3 are planning on taking TV2 head on on Wednesday with new comedies Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Last Man Standing which features the return of Tim Allen in a new fatherhood role, this time of daughters.

Two other shows to watch out for are Deadliest Roads and local show Road Madness which is real footage taken from the cabs of trucks on New Zealand roads.  You can only guess what that trailer looks like!

New Shows:
American Horror Story
Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms
Deadliest Roads
Funny Roots
Last Man Standing
Paul Henry Show
Road Madness
Terra Nova
The Block
The Finder
Up All Night
Would I Lie To You?

7 Days
Grand Designs Australia
Grand Designs UK
Home and Away
ITM Fishing Show
Missing Pieces
Modern Family
NCIS: Los Angeles
New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker
Nurse Jackie
Project Runway
Road Cops
Sons of Anarchy
The Almighty Johnsons
The Big C
The Comedy Gala
The Good Wife
The Graham Norton Show
The Secret Lives of Dancers
The X Factor
What’s Really In Our Food?
60 Minutes
3 News: Firstline 
3 News at 12
3 News
Campbell Live
Sports Tonight 

New Zealand’s very own version of The X Factor is definitely
in the works at TV3 and we’ll have a detailed update later today.

More soon.


Most watched

  1. One News: 677,270 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go Ad Awards 2011: 610,490 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 592,940 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 532,450 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 493,940 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Fair Go Ad Awards 2011: 610,490 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 532,450 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 493,940 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Fast And Loose: 437,560 (TV2, 9:00pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Hot In Cleveland: 416,610 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. Emmerdale: 127,210 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  2. ONE News Midday: 118,850 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 112,850 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 87,050 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. Good Morning: 86,950 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 677,270 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go Ad Awards 2011: 610,490 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 457,810 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Winners & Losers: 378,330 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 322,430 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 592,940 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 532,450 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 493,940 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Fast And Loose: 437,560 (9:00pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Hot In Cleveland: 416,610 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 352,670 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Campbell Live: 243,050 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Home and Away: 238,640 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Your Worst Animal Nightmares: 192,550 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Destroyed in Seconds: 178,580 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 67,000 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Suite Life On Deck: 40,890 (3:35pm – 4:00pm)
  3. Survivor South Pacific: 38,050 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Sticky TV: 35,780 (3:30pm – 3:35pm)
  5. That ’70s Show: 32,910 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Sea Patrol: 155,380 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 147,040 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Prime Evening News: 146,760 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Recruits: 86,150 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Customs: 80,960 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 43,890 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 40,940 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Criminal Minds: 30,900 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Law & Order: 29,560 (10:30pm – 11:30pm)
  4. The Simpsons: 21,510 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Lie To Me: 21,440 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Intl Netball: 105,480 (9:55pm – 11:15pm)
  2. Intl Netball Pre Game: 84,260 (9:30pm – 9:55pm)
  3. Intl Netball Post Game: 21,800 (11:15pm – 11:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. Deaker On Sport: 22,230 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Devil: 49,750 (8:35pm – 9:50pm)
  2. Marmaduke: 23,650 (3:00pm – 4:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 88,420
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 148,970
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 116,120
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 36,440
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 63,170
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 51,150
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 31,050
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 118,850
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 40,100
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 677,270
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 352,670
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 457,810
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 243,050
  • Tonight (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 159,140
  • Nightline (10:40pm – 11:10pm): 116,410

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: TV2 251120 – up from 129800 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Neighbours: TV2 154110 – up from 76500 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 592940 – up from 540980 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Nightline: TV3 116410 – up from 87590 (10:40pm – 11:10pm)
  5. 3 News Firstline: TV3 63170 – up from 34500 (6:30am – 7:00am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Hot In Cleveland: TV2 416610 – down from 513820 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Destroyed in Seconds: TV3 178580 – down from 222720 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. ONE News Midday: TV ONE 118850 – down from 160940 (12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  4. Everybody Loves Raymond: TV3 42070 – down from 83220 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Underbelly Razor: TV3 132860 – down from 172590 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)


  1. Fair Go Ad Awards 2011: TV ONE (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Winners & Losers: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Fast And Loose: TV2 (9:00pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Harry’s Law: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. Alan Carr Tooth Fairy Live: TV2 (9:35pm – 10:50pm)
  6. Tonight: TV ONE (10:25pm – 10:55pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 29.3%
  • TV ONE: 28.2%
  • TV2: 18.3%
  • TV3: 12.6%
  • PRIME: 5.4%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.7%
  • FOUR: 2.3%
  • Maori TV: 0.2%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Weeds close to renewal

Weeds is said to be close to receiving an eighth season renewal by the Showtime network. It was previously believed that the seventh season would be the last for the comedy-drama.

J.J. Abrams series picked up

The new J.J. Abrams-written drama series Person of Interest has been given a full season order by CBS in the US. The series follows a billionaire who develops a programme with the ability to identify people connected to future violent crimes.

Reality shows limited in China

Reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians may be banned in China in a move to take back “control over cultural industries that are fuelling more independent viewpoints”. The country is planning on limiting reality TV shows and light entertainment shows on satellite TV, staring from next year.

Glee actor returning

Part-time Glee actor Jonathan Groff will return to the series in its current third season, reprising his role of Jesse St. James.