Somehow we don’t think this is quite the message Shortland Street’s Ben Mitchell was trying to send with this Smoking – Not Our Future campaign.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 31440 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. NCIS: Los Angeles: 30010 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Go Girls: 21180 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. New Girl: 19990 (FOUR, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Suburgatory: 18690 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  6. Shortland Street: 17920 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  7. Frozen Planet: 17800 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  8. Rookie Blue: 16190 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  9. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 14460 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  10. Misfits: 13930 (FOUR, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  11. The Secret Lives of Dancers: 13550 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  12. Missing Pieces: 12610 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  13. The Middle: 12010 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  14. Scrubs: 11350 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:05pm)
  15. MasterChef New Zealand: 9240 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  16. Scrubs: 8610 (TV2, 11:05pm – 11:35pm)
  17. Mr. Men and Little Miss: 8570 (TV2, 3:30pm – 3:35pm)
  18. H20 Just add water: 8110 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  19. 30 Rock: 7310 (FOUR, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  20. Law & Order: 7010 (the BOX, 10:30pm – 11:30pm)

Top 20 % of audience watching timeshifted (% increase)

  1. Law & Order: 27.02% (37.03%) (the BOX, 10:30pm – 11:30pm)
  2. CSI Miami: 20.57% (25.9%) (the BOX, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Misfits: 18.84% (23.21%) (FOUR, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  4. 30 Rock: 17.56% (21.3%) (FOUR, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Home and Away: 16.15% (19.26%) (TV3, 12:30pm – 1:00pm)
  6. New Girl: 15.64% (18.53%) (FOUR, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  7. C.S.I: 11.09% (12.48%) (the BOX, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  8. Scrubs: 9.93% (11.02%) (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:05pm)
  9. Scrubs: 9.81% (10.88%) (TV2, 11:05pm – 11:35pm)
  10. Mr. Men and Little Miss: 9.56% (10.58%) (TV2, 3:30pm – 3:35pm)
  11. NCIS: Los Angeles: 9.11% (10.03%) (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  12. NCIS: 8.3% (9.05%) (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  13. The Secret Lives of Dancers: 7.63% (8.26%) (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  14. Rookie Blue: 6.88% (7.38%) (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  15. H20 Just add water: 6.03% (6.42%) (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  16. Go Girls: 5.65% (5.98%) (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  17. Suburgatory: 5.43% (5.74%) (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  18. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 5.26% (5.55%) (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  19. Missing Pieces: 4.31% (4.51%) (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  20. Parks and Recreation: 3.88% (4.04%) (FOUR, 9:00pm – 9:30pm)

Consolidated Channel Share

  • TV ONE: 29% (-0.4%)
  • SKY Network: 24.9% (+0.2%)
  • TV2: 17.3% (+0.1%)
  • TV3: 15.7% (+0.2%)
  • PRIME: 4.3% (-0.1%)
  • FOUR: 4.4% (+0.3%)
  • Other TV Channels: 3.3% (-0.1%)
  • Maori TV: 0.2% (0%)

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The Simpsons have parodied the Game of Thrones intro with their usual couch gag. Loads of hat tips from the show.  Great stuff!  

As one commenter on YouTube said


The Game of Thrones intro itself is about 1 minute and 40 seconds long, and most (if not all?) people who watch the show never skip it, because it’s so damn awesome

Season 2 of Game of Thrones kicks off next month and won’t be too far behind the US air date here.

The above cast photo is a signed, wall mounted momento from New Zealand’s favourite drama, Shortland Street.  You can bid for it here with proceeds going to Variety.

Variety –The Children’s Charity’s annual signature event the Variety Bash hits the road from March 11-17. The convoy of quirky vehicles will travel from Auckland to Wellington and back to Taupo, distributing grants to sick, disabled and disadvantaged Kiwi kids and raising funds along the way. 

This year the Bash is fundraising for Variety’s Future Kiwi Kids programme, helping Kiwi kids reach their full potential through the Gold Heart Scholarship programme, the Variety Voices Youth Choir, the Future Kiwi Kids fund and technology supports. 

Please bid generously on this auction item or donate directly to the Variety Bash at 

You can follow the progress of the Bash on Facebook 

We thank you for your kind support. 


Calling all fans of Shortland Street, don’t’ miss out on the opportunity to own your very own current cast picture, signed by the stars of the show. 

Just about to celebrate 20 years on New Zealand TV this is a piece of iconic Shortland Street memorabilia you won’t want to miss out on! 

This picture is professionally mounted on lightweight board and measures 110cm wide x 50cm high. 

Many thanks to South Pacific Pictures for their generous donation

Terra Nova extinct for now!

USA channel Fox has pulled the plug on its pricey prehistoric drama Terra Nova that currently airs on Saturday nights at 7.30pm on TV3

The Steven Spielberg show is currently being shopped around to other networks by 20th Century Fox Television.

“Bad news guys, Terra Nova has been cancelled by Fox,” leading man Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars – also cancelled – is he the kiss of death?) tweeted late Monday. “We’re gonna try and get another network to do it. Stand by.”

Justified Renewed

FX has ordered 13 episodes for season four of its Emmy® Award-winning hit drama series Justified, announced Americas FX Vice President Nick Grad.

“Justified is one of television’s best series and this season has reinforced that excellence,” said Grad. “Graham Yost and his writing team continue to deliver compelling material and richly drawn characters brought to life by the brilliance of Timothy Olyphant and our terrific ensemble cast.  Their work is validated by universal acclaim, awards, and ratings that have grown every year. We look forward to many more seasons to come.”

Developed for television by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the popular Elmore Leonard character “Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens” from his short story Fire in the Hole and some of his other novels.

“There are many reasons all of us on Justified are grateful to get a chance to do another season,” said Yost.  “We get to do more work with amazing actors, writers, producers, directors, musicians, editors and a jaw-droppingly talented crew.  We get to keep doing a show that appeals to a wide demographic: people in Harlan, retired US Marshals, criminals (we honestly did hear that), and, most happily, our guide, our muse, Elmore Leonard.  Best of all, we get to keep doing a show on FX (and while that may sound like craven ass-kissing, when you look at their roster, you can’t help but feel grateful to be on that list).”

“Graham’s modern day take on the western and masterful storytelling have helped bring the genre to the forefront,” said John Westphal, Senior Vice President, US. current programming, Sony Pictures Television. “The storytelling and performances brought to life by Tim Olyphant, Walton Goggins and the rest of the cast, continue to elevate the series season after season.”

Katherine Heigl NOT returning to Greys Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy boss Shonda Rhimes has confirmed what was pretty much expected – Izzie Stevens, Katherine Heigl’s charachter will not be returning to the show.

After actress Ellen Pompeo was on Chelsea Lately last week she laughed and said “No, I don’t think that’s happening,” when asked about the prospect of her former co-star returning to the series.

Creator Rhimes was even more definitive about a possible Izzie comeback.

“We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now,” Rhimes tells TV Guide Magazine, adding that it’s “really nice to hear [Heigl] appreciating the show.”

In January, Katherine told E! Online: “I’ve told them I want to [return]. I don’t know … Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated that, I mean, she’s got how many characters are there now? There’s a lot and so she’s balancing about 40 different storylines, so I don’t know if it fits in to their sort of vision for this season or next or however many seasons it goes.”

Last night we saw Chelsea Holmes being the first booted from the
Masterchef Top 16 after just moving into the house with the other
contestants. In the bread baking challenge her gluten free loaf was just
not good enough and despite being confidant she wasn’t going to be at
the bottom, she received the lowest score.
This morning I had a chance to talk with Chelsea, who was very gracious about her elimination,  about her time on Masterchef.

What do you think went wrong last night?
Choosing the gluten free
bread, I’ve never done it before and I didn’t taste it. I wont be making
gluten free bread ever again now.

What did you make of the TV creating process?
I had never done it before so I didn’t now what to expect. There is a
lot of pressure but I seem to thrive under stress. But it is much easier
cooking in your home with a little one under foot than having a camera
in your face: at home you can take your time and you keep an eye on bub
but in the Masterchef kitchen you have to be so conscious of everything
you do and everything you say.

Do you think you deserved to go home?
If it tasted bad and was the worst then it was the worst. And I was wanting to go home and be with my family.

How was your time in the house with the other contestants?
was fun, but I wasn’t there that long. I made friends with Alana
Harper, she’s pretty cool And with Zee Tana, we talked a lot about
cooking, he has such  wealth of knowledge about food and he is such fun
to cook with.

Last night we saw a lot of wastage, do you think that there should be a
way of ensuring that home-cooks on the show don’t waste so much food?
thankfully I didn’t throw out all my eggs like Zee, I nearly did. But I
do think it could have definitely been handled better.

Favorite Judge?
Simon and Ray are really nice and sweet, but not Josh, hes very stern and tough, he is what you see on the TV.

What is your philosophy to your food and cooking?
creative with what you’ve got, even when its not fancy. I teach
home-cooking classes in my home for mums in Manukau, help them to be
creative when cooking for their families and to help stop home-cooking
from being a dying art.

What are your plans for the future?
I still really want to do my own
cookbook which I started before Masterchef, ‘Mums & Bubs’. It’s
about making the family meal that caters to all the different ages and
needs in the family so you don’t end up having to making 5 different
meals every night. I have always been cooking and I will keep on doing
it, we all need to eat.

Chelsea and her husband are now expecting their second child due in August. Congratulations and all the best!

Most watched

  1. Shortland Street: 576,430 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. One News: 564,840 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 470,470 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Frozen Planet: 422,930 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:45pm)
  5. The Middle: 396,560 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. MasterChef New Zealand: 470,470 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Frozen Planet: 422,930 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:45pm)
  3. The Middle: 396,560 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Go Girls: 313,520 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. NCIS: 299,100 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. H20 Just add water: 114,730 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 106,140 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:00pm)
  3. Spongebob Squarepants: 98,690 (TV2, 3:30pm – 4:00pm)
  4. The Erin Simpson Show: 96,450 (TV2, 3:30pm – 3:30pm)
  5. ONE News Midday: 90,490 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 564,840 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. MasterChef New Zealand: 470,470 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Frozen Planet: 422,930 (8:30pm – 9:45pm)
  4. Close Up: 388,920 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 214,430 (9:45pm – 10:50pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 576,430 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. The Middle: 396,560 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Go Girls: 313,520 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Suburgatory: 298,330 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Rookie Blue: 193,000 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 339,150 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. NCIS: 299,100 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Missing Pieces: 287,060 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. NCIS: Los Angeles: 242,760 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 235,820 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 103,830 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. New Girl: 92,610 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. How I Met Your Mother: 79,990 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Futurama: 63,170 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Misfits: 44,960 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 159,310 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. New Tricks: 101,540 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Shearing Gang: 98,350 (9:40pm – 10:10pm)
  4. Deal or No Deal: 91,910 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Escape to River Cottage: 86,140 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 31,570 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 30,060 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. The Simpsons: 23,310 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. NCIS: Los Angeles: 21,960 (10:30pm – 11:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. Intl Cricket ODI: 48,610 (8:35pm – 12:00am)
  2. Intl Cricket ODI: 21,180 (4:00pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies Great

  1. Van Helsing: 30,550 (8:35pm – 10:40pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:00am – 6:30am): 49,990
  • Breakfast (6:30am – 7:00am): 83,490
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 138,140
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 108,670
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 26,210
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 7:55am): 43,120
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 26,770
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 90,490
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 36,920
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 564,840
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 339,150
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 388,920
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 235,820
  • Tonight (10:50pm – 11:20pm): 152,400
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 155,340

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. The Secret Lives of Dancers: TV3 221540 – up from 164020 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Campbell Live: TV3 235820 – up from 183420 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 576430 – up from 534390 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Everybody Loves Raymond: TV3 64770 – up from 37760 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: TV2 56150 – up from 31650 (7:55am – 8:20am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. MasterChef New Zealand: TV ONE 470470 – down from 539730 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Frozen Planet: TV ONE 422930 – down from 490210 (8:30pm – 9:45pm)
  3. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 78970 – down from 140620 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. NCIS: Los Angeles: TV3 242760 – down from 299290 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE 152400 – down from 204470 (10:50pm – 11:20pm)


  1. Escape to River Cottage: PRIME (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. New Tricks: PRIME (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Shearing Gang: PRIME (9:40pm – 10:10pm)
  4. The Grumpy Guide To: PRIME (10:10pm – 10:45pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 28.1%
  • TV ONE: 26.9%
  • TV3: 16%
  • TV2: 15.9%
  • PRIME: 4.7%
  • FOUR: 3.6%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.6%
  • Maori TV: 0.9%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

This was in yesterday’s paper. It looks like they repeated the original figures again on Saturday despite them being debunked last month.


Chelsea Holmes became the first contestant from the Top 16 to leave MasterChef New Zealand on Tuesday 6th March (7.30 pm – 8.30 pm) on TV ONE.

In tonight’s show the Top 16 contestants moved into a luxury home on Auckland’s North Shore. But they had a rude awakening with a midnight visit from MasterChef judge Simon Gault. Simon revealed the Top 16’s first challenge, an overnight shift at Auckland’s Loaf Handcrafted Breads under the watchful eye of owner Sean Armstrong.

Split into two teams, Red and Blue, at Loaf the contestants had just eight hours to bake eight different types of bread, one per team member. The breads had to be delivered to the Fish restaurant at the Hilton Hotel by 8am the next day.

The Red Team won the challenge, ensuring all its members were immune from elimination.

Andy and Matt from the Blue Team were singled out for their strong performances.

Zee Tana, a celiac sufferer, was the first in the Red Team to hold his hand up to make the gluten-free spicy carrot cake. Auckland mother-of-one, Chelsea Holmes from Team Blue also volunteered for the task, thinking it would be fun to compete with Zee. But they were both quickly under fire from judge Simon Gault and Sean who berated them for risking contamination of their gluten free ingredients. The pressure getting to Chelsea, she confessed she had ‘blown it’.

At tasting, Zee got a further blast from the judges and guest judge, Fish restaurant executive chef Shane Yardley, who declared Zee’s cake to be very dry and thick. But they saved their harshest criticisms for Chelsea Holmes’ much smaller loaf; Ray McVinnie described it as full of baking soda, and having a raw spice flavour.

Chelsea’s confidence wasn’t dented. “I don’t think it will be me going home today. And I feel sad for those who will be leaving,” she said.

So, it was an enormous shock for the 23-year-old when she was told to leave the MasterChef kitchen. In tears, Chelsea said she had been 100 percent sure that she would be in. “I don’t think anyone thought it would be me.”

Simon Gault told her she was supposed to be baking a gluten free spicy carrot cake, but what she made tasted more like a raw spice cake. “Maybe baking isn’t for you”, Simon mused. Ray McVinnie agreed. “It (the loaf) was a bit unpleasant,” he said.

Chelsea admitted that she hadn’t tasted her loaves, but she didn’t think they were bad enough for her to be sent home. “It was a tough night,” she said. “I was very tired. And at judging I think the judges tried to crack me a little bit.”

Heading home, she said she was looking forward to seeing her family, and carrying on with food-related projects she started before MasterChef. “I won’t say goodbye because I’m not gone. I’m going to write a cookbook for mums and bubs. I am going to do it. I will do it! Keep an eye for us out there!”


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. Canterbury earthquake royal commission (Lisa Davies)
2. 2011, record year for disasters
3. Australian flooding (Simon Dallow)
4. Australian flooding (Melinda Nucifora, Network Ten, live cross)
5. Budget cuts for Police (Jessica Mutch)

3 News

1. Australian flooding (Samantha Hayes, live cross)
2. Australian flooding (Adam Hollingworth)
3. Canterbury earthquake royal commission (Annabelle Tukia)
4. Asset sales (Duncan Garner)
5. Chris Cairns in court (Melissa Davies, live cross)


Both Adam Hollingworth and Amanda Gillies used the same images in their stories while Adam’s story included much of what Amanda had already told us.

Of the political stories, 3 News covered the asset sales while One News focused on the cuts to police.

Former New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns, was in court to defend allegations he was involved in match fixing.


One News