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 »

Most watched

  1. One News: 679,830 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 392,060 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 388,110 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:00pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 353,000 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Millionaire Hot Seat: 314,910 (TV ONE, 5:30pm – 6:00pm)

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You may have seen the edited version of Kevin Spacey’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. This is the full thing and well worth watching.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Arrow: 54130 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Inside New Zealand Special Report: 26740 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Winners & Losers: 24840 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Vicious: 21680 (TV ONE, 9:10pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: 20750 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

tv3logo_1This is an interesting poll but I have a few questions.  Were those polled just Labour party members?  If not, were those polled voters who would be voting for Labour at the next election?  Or did it include National party voters who have their own agenda?  I hope this information is disclosed.

3 News will tonight broadcast a special poll on the Labour leadership contest – the first since the three candidates were announced two weeks ago.

Conducted by Research Now, the 3 News poll sampled 500 voters from around the country, asking them to name their preferred Labour leader from contenders David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones, who have been on a nationwide road show stating their case.

3 News Political Editor Patrick Gower says: “This is the first time we get to see what the public think of Cunliffe, Robertson and Jones. There is a shock result that will make one candidate very happy – and of course, that means another will be very disappointed.” Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 714,430 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 512,890 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 506,180 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Code 1: 434,940 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 371,000 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

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Everyone is getting in on the Breaking Bad memes as the series comes to its conclusion.  Here is the latest one:

under_the_dome_2Prime drew an average audience of 226,710 viewers last night for its new series Under The Dome which was its highest rating show of the night.  The series has already been renewed for a second season.  We’re about 10 episodes behind the US.  The series has been fast-tracked by Channel Ten in Australia.

Under the Dome stars Dean Norris who some viewers will recognise as Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad.

New CBS drama UNDER THE DOME made a strong debut on Prime last night, with the premiere episode receiving an 18.0% share in the key 25 – 54 year-old demographic*.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel and produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television, UNDER THE DOME is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away. Continue reading »