New Zealand’s Got Talent has maintained its #1 position as the most watched show in New Zealand now for 11 consecutive weeks.

16 of the top 25 shows aired on TV One, 8 on TV2 and only one, The X Factor USA, on TV3, which came in last.

Shortland Street was the most watched show on TV2 again this week.

Four of the top 25 shows had also previously aired.

Here are the top 25 most watched shows on TV for the week ending November 24, 2012:

1 New Zealand’s Got Talent TVOne
2 Sunday TVOne
3 Dog Squad TVOne
4 The Force TVOne
5 One News TVOne
6 Coastwatch TVOne
7 Border Patrol TVOne
8 Shortland Street TV2
9 The Suspects TVOne
10 Trek Spy on the Wildebeest TVOne
11 Coronation Street TVOne
12 Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook TVOne
13 Embarassing Bodies TV2
14 Random Breath Testing TV2
15 Close Up TVOne
16 Air Ways TV2
17 Mrs. Brown’s Boys (R) TVOne
18 Nothing Trivial TVOne
19 The Big Bang Theory (R) TV2
20 Hot In Cleveland TV2
21 Is Modern Medicine Killing you TVOne
22 The Middle (R) TV2
23 The Amazing Race Australia TV2
24 The Politically Incorrect (R) TVOne
25 The X Factor USA TV3

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+


Most watched

  1. Border Patrol: 692,850 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. High Country Rescue: 668,480 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. One News: 631,970 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 528,300 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 477,040 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get hold of audience tickets for the taping of an episode of The Graham Norton Show in London.

Having been a fan of the show for a couple of years now, it was nice to get the opportunity to see how it’s all put together in the studio. The show films Thursday evening for a late Friday night broadcast in the UK, so the editors have sufficient time to cut the show together.

Our celebrity guests for the episode (which screens here in NZ this week) were actress Cameron Diaz, singer Rod Stewart and UK comedian Sarah Millican. Unfortunately for me (and any other cycling fans in the audience) we were also supposed to have Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins but he had a run-in with a van on a training ride and spent the night in hospital. Continue reading »

Merlin to end after fifth season

The BBC has announced that Merlin will end after its fifth season. Co-creators ad executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy said in a statement: “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot.”

Hour-long HIMYM planned

An hour-long holiday special of How I Met Your Mother has been announced by co-creator Craig Thomas. Thomas tweeted: “Not sure this is public knowledge yet, but December 17, #himym is doing its first ever HOUR-LONG holiday ep. Some really big crap happens!”


The eyes of the world will be on Wellington this Wednesday, and 3 News is taking viewers to the glitz, glamour and hometown pride that will mark the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with live coverage of the red carpet celebrations, from 4pm on TV3.

TV3’s extended coverage of the premiere will begin at 4pm, with a 3 News special hosted by Carolyn Robinson, with Samantha Hayes and John Campbell live on the red carpet from 4pm as the cast and crew begin to arrive. David Farrier will be among the crowds gathering on Lambton Quay.

From 6pm to 7.30pm, John Campbell joins Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts for an extended 3 News special. Hilary and Mike will present the news of the day live from Wellington, including sport, business and weather, crossing to The Hobbit celebrations as red carpet arrivals continue. Continue reading »

They were both once political editors on rival channels but now best mates Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner are going to co-host TV3’s new current affairs show, 3rd Degree, which replaces 60 Minutes which is moving to Prime in 2013.

Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will front new current affairs programme 3rd Degree, coming to TV3 in 2013.

The weekly one-hour programme will feature stories from some of New Zealand’s top journalists, including Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall, Guyon Espiner and  Melanie Reid (the core team behind TV3’s award-winning ’60 Minutes’), and new additions to the team Phil Vine and Samantha Hayes.   Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. New Zealand’s Got Talent: 24560 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: 21880 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 19450 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. In Time: 17140 (SKY Movies 1, 8:35pm – 10:20pm)
  5. Sunday: 17070 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. New Zealand’s Got Talent: 794,350 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:40pm)
  2. The Zoo: 599,320 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. One News: 588,760 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Offspring: 332,080 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:40pm)
  5. The Incredibles: 289,770 (TV2, 7:00pm – 9:15pm) Continue reading »