Most watched

  1. One News: 578,390 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 540,030 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Close Up: 444,360 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. American Idol: 432,420 (TV2, 8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 394,460 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. American Idol: 432,420 (TV2, 8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 394,460 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Better With You: 306,510 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Glee: 284,860 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. The Graham Norton Show: 267,250 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 128,710 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 116,640 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  3. ONE News 4:30: 106,970 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 106,520 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. Come Dine With Me Australia: 100,840 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 578,390 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 444,360 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Ramsay’s Kithchen Nightmares: 239,520 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Ellen: 157,720 (4:55pm – 6:00pm)
  5. ONE News Midday: 128,710 (12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 540,030 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. American Idol: 432,420 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 394,460 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Better With You: 306,510 (8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 196,430 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 343,020 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Glee: 284,860 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Graham Norton Show: 267,250 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. After Hours With Dai Henwood: 220,630 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  5. Home and Away: 209,140 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. Black Hawk Down: 103,370 (8:30pm – 11:05pm)
  2. The Simpsons: 77,140 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Family Guy: 48,770 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Outsourced: 44,490 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: 43,040 (7:55am – 8:20am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Royal Wedding of a Lifetime: 178,250 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 168,150 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. True Stories: 116,460 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 78,890 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Super 15: 73,760 (9:35pm – 11:35pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Homai Te Pakipaki: 36,350 (8:30pm – 10:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Raw: 36,690 (8:30pm – 10:25pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Super 15: 224,730 (7:35pm – 9:15pm)
  2. Super 15 Post Game: 108,090 (9:15pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Friday Night Football: 46,730 (7:00pm – 7:25pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL: 33,010 (9:50pm – 11:30pm)
  2. NRL Pre Game: 30,770 (9:30pm – 9:50pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 90,850
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 123,080
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 109,070
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 37,470
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 37,780
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 35,890
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 128,710
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 578,390
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 343,020
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 444,360
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 166,890
  • Tonight (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 113,070
  • Nightline (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 141,810

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 185460 – up from 101690 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  2. Royal Wedding of a Lifetime: PRIME 178250 – up from 115250 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Supernatural: TV2 174780 – up from 117720 (10:30pm – 11:30pm)
  4. My Wife and Kids: TV2 176840 – up from 125450 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Neighbours: TV2 146370 – up from 115970 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Two and a Half Men: TV2 394460 – down from 474350 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  2. Campbell Live: TV3 166890 – down from 234030 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. One News: TV ONE 578390 – down from 628800 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: TV2 540030 – down from 577230 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Deal Or No Deal: PRIME 78890 – down from 109740 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)


  1. Ramsay’s Kithchen Nightmares: TV ONE (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. American Idol: TV2 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Fattest Man in Britain: TV ONE (8:35pm – 10:25pm)
  4. After Hours With Dai Henwood: TV3 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  5. The Jono Project: TV3 (10:00pm – 10:30pm)
  6. Tonight: TV ONE (10:25pm – 10:55pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 27.4%
  • TV2: 21.5%
  • TV ONE: 20.9%
  • TV3: 15.1%
  • PRIME: 5.6%
  • FOUR: 4.9%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.6%
  • Maori TV: 0.8%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

So since we last blogged a lot of stuff has happened although not a lot of has been good viewing. I will try to remember the most salient points:

*Roimata and TK are on the rocks with their awful relationship. Sarah and her fetus loom large over their doomed union.

* Regan is faking terminal illness and is playing some sick kind of mind game on Brodie who he forced to transport then hold drugs. Regan then stole the drugs back? I don’t know, really hate that character and his stupid leather jacket

*Chris isn’t sure if he can keep it in his pants if Rachel moves to Wellington for a hot new job. His track history says no, he will probably have sex with Suzy Aiken again. Full circle.

*Gabrielle is turning on the stilted charm and keeps sauntering around the hospital dressed in tight fitting white shirts and driving Chris wild with talk of life or death operations and sexy spinal surgery conferances

That might be all?

Tonight: Regan turns up to Brodie’s house and is all “oh hey, I’m dying, you’ve lost my stolen drugs, I can’t pronounce many, many words”. Regan might be trying to frame Hunter for stealing drugs?  Or trying to get drugs and money? No idea.

Paige is all “Hey Hunter, love to study etc etc, I am really awesome and cool, etc” and Hunter is all “Now I find your arrogance endearing! Watch me make some faces now please babe”

Paige loves it and leaves giggling.

Jill stomps into the room and is all “Regan- that guy is so great” and Hunter is like “yeah, I hate that idiot, come to dinner with me tonight” and Jill is all “nah, I’m gonna hang out in oncology with Regan while he reads to sick kids”. Hunter, quite rightly, calls Regan out on being a cliched suck up but Jill is like “the kids love Regan”, proving once and for all that kids have terrible taste and don’t know anything about the world.  Jill and Hunter suck and need to break up so they can stop hogging screen time squabbling about him being busy and her being mad for Mr Leather Jacket.  Jill and Regan are much better together because they both suck and they both seem like the type to really love Adam Sandler movies.

When are Hunter and Paige going to get together already? It has been in the offing for ages and that film noir ad featuring  SARAHnading TK has already set them up as a gruesome twosome. They will make such an awful power pair- can you imagine going out on some double date or something and the two of them being all “we are doctors!, what are you?” and you’d be like “oh I am ______” and they would smirk, high five each other and take ritolin and you would be all “my life is agony”.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if all Shortland Street was filmed like that ad? All sexy dangerous and glamourous.

That Holden chracter shows up at Brodie’s and is all faux-threatening with his big cap and his baggy top. Is it just me or is there something a little wrong with this Holden fella? He seems like he would be more suited to remedial reading lessons than drug dealing 

He is almost endearing in his desperation to be bad. Just want to pat him on the head and give him a lollipop and a That’s Life magazine to make a collage and a pirate’s hat.

Anyway, Brodie tries to explain his ridiculous situation but Holden won’t hear any of it and instead they engage in some sizzling sexual tension.

This is the kind of chemistry lacking between most of the hot couples on the show (I’m talking to you Shane and Callum)

Holden is all “My friend Dex is gonna break your legs like twigs” and its just like Kieran all over again. Holden tells Brodie that he needs to get $30,000 to him by tomorrow lest he be visited by this mysterious Dex character. Brodie can’t believe he is being bullied by this funny wee guy who, in all likelihood, is going home to learn how to write capital letters and operate the microwave.

In the hospital corridors Paige is all pissy about Hunter being unavailable for another study session. She does her whole “I’m a bitch but you love it” routine and then Hunter’s all “nah, we can study together after all” then he says

“You can bounce off me all you like”

Meanwhile, Daniel has aged approximately 50 years and is enjoying the twilight of his life hanging out with Scotty, Sarah and Tracey bitching about his awful failure of a life and waiting for the sweet release of death

Where is Vasa? I know she moved because of the whole Murray seduction but we really should see her more? Sometimes her silky voice is all that gets me through.

Over at the IV Bella is bothering Brodie, trying to offer him sensual massages but all he wants is to not have his legs snapped off by Dex. Bella looks odd with her hair back.Odd, but alluring.

I love it how all the cell phones on Shortland Street have the number tone function on- like we wouldn’t be able to figure out they were using their phones if we couldn’t hear “beep beep beep”. Bless.

Daniel bursts into Sarah’s office and starts spouting off about his new software idea- a variation of the surgical tourism stuff and half the work is already done! Finally his luck has turned around!

Sarah, because she is with child, fluctuates between intense apathy/disgust

shrewd crazy eyes

and depraved ecstasy

Every day is a wild ride when you are Sarah Potts.

Immediately Shane Tucker calls Daniel into his office and Daniel is all “YOU MUST REALLY BE KICKING YOURSELF ABOUT LETTING ME GO” and Shane is all “wrong!” and then Daniel starts showing off about how how he will soon have another great software idea that will “make Shane cry”. Then Shane tells Daniel that if he ever makes any medical software again he will be infringing copyright and Shane will own his soul forever. Daniel almost passes out from the news. There is something about Tucker which makes me think he should be in a wax museum or something. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there is something very sinister/plastic going on there.

Over at the cafe Paige is busily defending her fiend of an uncle to Daniel who won’t hear of bar of it. Paige calls Shane “a good man” which I would agree with if she finished her sentence with “to boil in oil”. Daniel can’t bear the idea of a future raising Tuckeresque ghoul babies with Paige and he dumps her arse. THE VERY SAME DAY AS HUNTER AND JILL ARE IN THE MIDST OF BREAKING UP!WHAT ARE THE CHANCES!

Murray is having a great day.

Daniel and Callum relax over a beer and Callum suggests that Daniel take Shane Tucker to court to fight for his right to party. Poor Callum, he is jobless and stuck with Daniel for his only friend. When is he going to get a lady love? A silver fox of that calibre deserves to get wined and dined. Vasa???

Paige comes a looking for Hunter at his flat and he calls her into his bedroom. Hunter says the bed has “fresh sheets and everything” and then they admit their joint love woes. SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE WITH MICROBIOLOGY.

After a few hours of furious sweaty studying Paige and Hunter take their brain pills and start getting really emotional about Shane.  Paige gives us some back story and is all “oh cause when my parents died in a car crash Shane took me in and it ruined his life” What? Has this been covered before? I wasn’t aware Paige was some kind of orphan Annie?  Paige starts rambling on about how her fling with Daniel was never going to work because she needs someone “driven, like me” etc then she looks at Hunter, all driven and skin painted on like a mask  and whispers “someone like you” and Hunter is like “IT’S ON BABY- NOTHING TURNS ME ON LIKE SMUG BITCHES AND TRAGIC STORIES ABOUT DEAD PARENTS” and they furiously pash.

Hasn’t Hunter learnt anything from his parents failed marriage? Two bossy arrogant doctors never work out. And also, it is going to be super awkward if Paige is dating Hunter since she will still have to see Daniel all the time given that she will be sticking it to Hunter one room away from her old sticking-it-to-zone. Pretty sure Jill is not under the impression that they are broken up though. It will be just like when Ross and Rachel “took a break” then Ross screwed that girl and Rachel wouldn’t stop talking about it for seven more seasons.

Finally, at the IV Brodie and those adorable ruffians are chatting about the whole drugs and money drama. Bella lurks by a window to the courtyard, shocked by the naughty things going on. Holden tells Brodie to “get prayin” because good old Dex is going to tear him apart. Brodie looks like he may have soiled himself and our episode ends.

Next week: That awesome bad guy with the bad eye is back! Love that inhuman monster!


Country99TV is committed to providing interesting and relevant information and entertainment to farmers and the rural community throughout New Zealand. Continuing this commitment, Country99TV is thrilled to confirm they are the official television partner to the 2011 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, taking place on 15th – 18th June, 2011, and will be available FREE to all SKY viewers over this time.

New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture and pastoral farming and the National Fieldays is the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge agricultural technology and innovation. The New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.

The National Fieldays is essential in keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the agriculture and farming industries and attracts in excess of 130,000 visitors from around New Zealand and internationally from 38 different countries.

Country99TV will be there, giving you exclusive access to one of the largest events on the New Zealand calendar.

Live and exclusive coverage will commence from Midday on Wednesday 15th June and will include the opening ceremony, live crosses every hour to an Exhibitor’s Site, exhibitors highlights programmes and a special Fieldays highlights programme. (A repeat schedule will also be available.)

Country99TV will be on-site covering all the action and is thrilled to be able to provide FREE access to Country99TV (SKY Channel 99) to all SKY subscribers over all four days.

“As part of our commitment to the rural community throughout New Zealand we are thrilled that we are the official broadcaster to such an important event within that community,” comments Helen Ryan, General Manager Programming, Country99TV.

“Going free to all over this time allows people that can’t make the event the opportunity to get a front row seat and also sample other programming that Country99TV has to offer.”

Join Country99TV presenters Mark Leishman, rural weather expert Philip Duncan, Genevieve Westcott, John Stewart and Mandi McLeod as they bring you exclusive coverage from the 2011 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

RISE UP CHRISTCHURCH – TE KOTAHITANGA global telethon screens live on Maori Television from 9am to 9pm this Sunday – three months after the February 22 tragedy – with live venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington as well as crosses to overseas cities Sydney, London, and Los Angeles.

Event spokesperson Brooke Howard-Smith says everyday more people are coming to the party with offers of help and support.

Already top international pop stars are offering their support with Lady Gaga donating her Gucci heels and Katy Perry donating a guitar and a bottle of her perfume to the official telethon auction at

Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox is one of the RISE UP CHRISTCHURCH – TE KOTAHITANGA anchors and will be based in Christchurch at the CBS Canterbury Arena public event on Sunday.

He is asking all New Zealanders to show just how much they support their friends and whanau in Christchurch.

“I’ll be there working as hard as I can to get as much money as we can for Christchurch and if that means doing a challenge to bring in some big bucks then I just might be up for it but you know how it is, the bigger the challenge the bigger the putea!,” says Mr Wilcox.

“The Maori Television whanau will be working as hard as we can to bring to Aotearoa and the world a top notch event and I hope the whole country does as much as it can to support the people of the beautiful city of Christchurch. Rise up! Te Kotahitanga! Kia kaha Otautahi!”

Live global telethon: RISE UP CHRISTCHURCH – TE KOTAHITANGA on Sunday 22 May from 9am to 9pm.


The world watched as U.S. President Obama made the announcement: Osama bin Laden is dead.

As the mastermind behind the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and bombings of U.S. embassies, he was listed as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.

While he managed to elude capture for years, on May 1 he finally met his demise. Discovery Channel’s DEATH OF BIN LADEN is a one-hour special that provides a comprehensive overview of the bin Laden operation – from the time the crucial intelligence was gathered in 2010, to the burial at sea.

Special premieres Sunday, June 5 at 7.30pm on Discovery Channel. 

DEATH OF BIN LADEN delves into the details of how the operation was planned and executed, seeking to answer key questions that are to date unresolved, including: How many special ops forces were involved? From where did they deploy? How did they get in and out of Pakistan without being stopped? How did they scientifically identify bin Laden? Why was one of the helicopters destroyed? What really happened inside bin Laden’s house?   

The special taps into the expertise of NBC News’ Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski; former CIA Operative John KiriaKou; former Navy Seal Eric Greitens (Seal Team Six); Blackhawk helicopter pilot Michael J. “Mike” Durrant (shot down in Mogadishu and became “Blackhawk down”); military analyst Dan Goure from the Lexington institute; special ops analyst from Tim Brown; Lawrence Koblinsky, Ph.D. of John Jay College City University of New York Forensic Science Department; and the global resources of NBC News on the ground in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 

DEATH OF BIN LADEN will also investigate how intelligence gathered the information that led to bin Laden’s hideout, including the tracking of a senior Al Qaeda courier. In August 2010, investigators tagged the heavily fortified compound, where the courier lived with his brother, as a possible terrorist hideout. Once intelligence experts were convinced that the compound contained a senior “high value” terrorist target with a strong likelihood that it could be bin Laden himself, they launched the plan that would end with U.S. Special Forces making a pre-dawn raid on the compound by helicopter. 

Rhys Darby has landed a primetime slot on US network CBS with new pilot How To Be A Gentleman getting picked up this week.

Darby plays a supporting role in the comedy, which centres on a refined newspaper columnist and his unrefined personal trainer.

The former Flight of the Conchords actor will play the brother-in-law of the lead character on the show, which has been given a primetime slot on the network in between The Big Bang Theory and new J.J. Abrams series Person of Interest.

Darby will be joined in the series by David Hornsby, Entourages’s Kevin Dillon and 24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Darby said yesterday that he was excited about working on the show.

“It’s such a great premise and the cast are amazing. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.”

Darby is also working on a new UK sitcom.

Source: Herald


Most watched

  1. One News: 729,240 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 568,400 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Close Up: 568,230 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 559,200 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 550,060 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 568,400 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 559,200 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Rescue 1: 487,840 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Chall: 377,900 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Bones: 293,010 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 137,550 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. ONE News 4:30: 125,360 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  3. The Erin Simpson Show: 119,740 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 114,840 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. H20 Just add water: 110,630 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 729,240 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 568,400 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Close Up: 568,230 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Chall: 377,900 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. The World’s Strictest Parents: 278,880 (9:35pm – 10:50pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Police Ten 7: 559,200 (7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 550,060 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Rescue 1: 487,840 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. No Ordinary Family: 276,940 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Embarrassing Teenage Bodies: 239,210 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 375,320 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Bones: 293,010 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Home and Away: 264,110 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 219,190 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Project Runway: 184,650 (9:25pm – 10:25pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 121,570 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: 93,580 (7:55am – 8:20am)
  3. American Dad: 90,860 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Cleveland Show: 86,890 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. That ’70s Show: 82,060 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 163,330 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Doctor Who: 146,520 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Deal Or No Deal: 117,040 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. Mythbusters: 107,360 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Deal Or No Deal: 70,360 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Hyundai Code: 62,880 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Hunting Aotearoa: 55,540 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. NCIS: 35,120 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Law & Order Criminal Intent: 32,130 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 83,310
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 142,560
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 106,560
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 29,770
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 43,100
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 35,170
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 29,140
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 137,550
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 729,240
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 375,320
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 568,230
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 219,190
  • Tonight (10:50pm – 11:20pm): 146,420
  • Nightline (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 114,950

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Home and Away: TV3 264110 – up from 207980 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. One News: TV ONE 729240 – up from 674560 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: TV3 219190 – up from 167800 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Close Up: TV ONE 568230 – up from 523100 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Mythbusters: PRIME 107360 – up from 62500 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Embarrassing Teenage Bodies: TV2 239210 – down from 326900 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Rescue 1: TV2 487840 – down from 539050 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Fringe: TV2 98900 – down from 141610 (10:30pm – 11:35pm)
  4. Phineas and Ferb: TV2 45360 – down from 79760 (7:25am – 7:50am)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE 146420 – down from 176280 (10:50pm – 11:20pm)


  1. Doctor Who: PRIME (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Lorraine Kelly’s Big Fat Chall: TV ONE (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. The World’s Strictest Parents: TV ONE (9:35pm – 10:50pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 29.9%
  • SKY Network: 22.8%
  • TV2: 18.7%
  • TV3: 14.3%
  • PRIME: 5.1%
  • FOUR: 5%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.6%
  • Maori TV: 0.9%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Gellar returning to TV

Former Buffy actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to TV this year thanks to her new pilot Ringer being picked up by the CW in the US, the same network that produces Gossip Girl. The series focuses on a woman who impersonates her twin sister because she’s on the run from the law.

Beyonce guest mentors on Idol

Beyonce will serve as a guest mentor on this week’s performance episode of American idol. The singer will also debut her new music video during the show.

Wild At Heart renewed

UK series Wild At Heart has been renewed for a seventh season by ITV. The series, which centre son a group of people living on a game reserve in South Africa, will return with ten more episodes.

Actress sues Law & Order: SVU

Actress Rosie Perez has filed a lawsuit against the producers of Law & Order: SVU over an injury she sustained while filming a guest appearance on the show in 2009. Perez is claiming producers allowed an untrained extra to forcibly shake her as part of a scene causing her to suffer herniated discs in her neck.

SKY News New Zealand will bring you LIVE coverage of the 2011 NZ budget as it’s released at 2.00pm this afternoon.

Minister of Finance Bill English will deliver his Budget speech from Parliament which is expected to focus on three main areas.

· Building faster economic growth around higher national savings

· Setting a credible path back to surplus and repaying debt

· Rebuilding Christchurch over the next few years.

Political Editor Barry Soper will join us from 4.00pm for update bulletins at the top of each hour.  At 5.30pm NZ Prime News will bring you comprehensive analysis of the budget as Eric Young is joined by Bill English live.

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The Advertising Standards Authority has released its annual report for 2010 and in it are the ten ads that riled New Zealanders the most.

A total of 1164 complaints were received regarding advertising in this country in all forms including TV, which again featured as the medium where most complaints were directed.

Below is the list of the ten most complained about advertisements for 2010 in all forms.


1. Erotica Expo Outdoor Advertisement

71 Complaints – Upheld

Fresh Fruit

A mobile billboard that advertised the erotica lifestyles expo was towed around the streets of central Auckland. The billboard contained an image of a woman’s naked pelvic area covered with a halved melon. The woman’s finger was positioned inside the melon. 

Complainants felt that the image, which simulated a woman with her fingers in her vagina, was indecent, offensive, discriminatory and “dehumanising” – reducing women to their genitalia. 

In the Complaints Board’s view, the public and highly visible campaign, was intended to cause maximum outrage and receive maximum exposure with the associated ripple effect of media and public attention. 

The Board said the advertisement not only offended against generally prevailing community standards, it was also unanimous in the view that the advertisement was degrading to women. 


2. ASB Bank Television Advertisement

39 Complaints – Not Upheld

No Ordinary Risk and Reward – Is it appropriate for a bank to loan money for IVF treatment?

This television advertisement depicted the story of a couple’s attempts to have a baby. The man sells his vintage car to fund a round of IVF treatment, which is also unsuccessful. The man applied for a loan with ASB to continue the IVF treatment which resulted in the woman giving birth to triplets. 

Complainants found the advertisement offensive for many reasons, among them that the television advertisement exploited a vulnerable group; was socially irresponsible; and promoting the accumulation of debt to start a family is not productive in an era that encourages saving. The majority of the Complaints Board found that the spirit and the intent of the advertisement was one of hope and renewed opportunity for people seeking another round of IVF treatment rather than one of exploitation, and like many financial matters, there was risk and reward and the advertisement had shown both unsuccessful and successful outcomes of IVF. 

The majority reiterated that the Advertiser was entitled to promote the possibility of financial assistance to fund IVF treatment to consumers and that the advertisement, despite the emotive elements involved, was not exploitative, nor misleading. 


3. Durex®

Bus & Billboard Advertisement

24 Complaints – Settled

The Condom Conundrum – Are Condom Advertisements Offensive?

The advertisement for Durex® condoms, which appeared on the back of buses and on billboards, featured a  naked man and a woman in an embrace.

Complainants were of the view that the advertisement was offensive and especially inappropriate in such a public forum where children could see it. 

The Advertiser said while it was not their intention to embarrass or offend anyone, they felt that informing consumers about Durex® condoms and condom usage encourages safe sex practices and therefore was a health benefit that served the public interest. 

However, in light of the complaints, the Advertiser agreed to remove the advertisement from the buses and billboards. 


4. Fresh-Up Television Advertisement

17 Complaints – Not Upheld

Bad Rub for Thirsty Masseur

The television advertisement portrayed a man being massaged by a male masseur. Because the masseur is thirsty, his lips stick to his gums, exposing his teeth and making him sound odd.

The masseur’s expression and the way he sounded made the man on the table uncomfortable and he looks around at the masseur who told the man: “You just try and relax, if you can”. At the end of the scene the words “Thirst is Creepy” were superimposed on the screen. Complainants thought the advertisement made a joke out of sexual harassment. 

The Complaints Board agreed that the massage scenario was uncomfortable to watch and was somewhat “creepy”. However, it also said that the focus on the masseur’s mouth was rather obscure and the message about him being thirsty was not immediately apparent. While the Complaints Board acknowledged that the advertisement presented a quirky incident in keeping with the “creepy” theme of the advertisement, it did not consider that it contained the sexual behaviour or implications suggested by the Complainants. 


5. Whittakers Television Advertisement 

16 Complaints  – Not Upheld 

Chocolate Lovers’ Naked Dip Doesn’t Cause Offence

The television advertisement showed a naked dark skinned male and a naked pale skinned female jumping into pools of chocolate and peppermint from rope swings. After they met at the side of the pools, the female runs her finger across the peppermint covered chest of the male and licks it. The male runs his finger across the chocolate covered cheek of the female and licks it. 

Complainants said that it was inappropriate to see two naked people in an advertisement when children were watching while others objected to the way the couple touched each other and raised issues relating to the timing of the advertisement as well as its suggestiveness and overtly sexual content. 

The Complaints Board said that the advertisement had been carefully created to ensure that any nude views had been fleeting and not gratuitous and it unanimously agreed the advertisement was not likely to cause serious and widespread offence. 

Addressing the concerns of the Complainants about the times the advertisement had played, the Complaints Board noted that the advertisement had been given a GXC rating which was defined as: “General Except Children”. The Board also agreed that the Advertiser had taken care to ensure the advertisement had been prepared with a due sense of social responsibility. 


6. Tui Website Advertisement

15 Complaints – Settled

Tui Settle Complaints About Website Advertisements 

The Tui website advertisement featured a woman standing dressed only in her lacy underpants. She had her arm covering her right breast and the viewer could see part of her breast. The text which read “DISTRACTING THE BOYS FROM THE TASK AT THE HAND SINCE 1889” featured at the bottom of the advertisement. 

Complainants objected that the advertisements were sexually provocative. 

Two other Tui website advertisements (10/620 and 10/621) that also featured scantily-dressed women drew 15 complaints each. The Advertiser, DB Breweries Limited, said that the user-generated copy appeared on the “live” website as a result of a computer error and that “live” access is not normally available for material deemed inappropriate. Once the Advertiser was made aware of the error, access to the images on the website was immediately blocked. All three complaints were settled, as of the advertisements had been removed. 


7. Burger King Television Advertisement

13 Complaints – Not Upheld

Vegetarians’ Beef With Burger King

Burger King promoted the “Rebel Burger” with images of the product on-screen and the voiceover which said: “The Rebel, from Burger King. Onion Rings, cheese, smoky barbeque sauce and a 100% chicken breast fillet. It’s so good, even the most dedicated vegetarian could turn.” 

Complainants thought that the advertisement belittled vegetarianism. They stated that they were vegetarian for ethical reasons, and were offended by the Advertiser’s implication that ‘committed vegetarians’ could be swayed by their product, and found the reference to vegetarians offensive, insulting and discriminatory. 

The Complaints Board noted the strong objections to the wording from the Complainants and their sincere concerns that their choice to be a vegetarian was being undermined and vegetarians overall were being insulted by such a statement. However, the Board noted the actual wording in the advertisement which said “It’s so good, even the most dedicated vegetarian could turn” and agreed that the advertisement had used a level of humour and satire to exaggerate the desirability of a food product, with a sense of the ridiculous. While recognising the advertisement had been offensive to the Complainants, the Complaints Board ruled that the advertisement was not reasonably likely to cause serious or widespread offence to vegetarians. 


8. DB Export Beer Television Advertisement

13 Complaints – Not Upheld  

Historical Context Saves Morton’s quote 

The television advertisement for DB Export Beer was about Finance Minister Sir Arnold Nordmeyer’s infamous ‘Black Budget’ and the introduction by Morton Coutts of DB Export Beer in response to the tax. The advertisement featured a screen-shot at the end of the advertisement with the text “LET NOTHING COME BETWEEN A MAN AND A GREAT BEER.” 

Complainants said that the advertisement had an “unduly masculine theme” and was thus in breach of the Code for Advertising Liquor. 

The Complaints Board accepted the Advertiser’s explanation that the story speaks of Morton’s vision to ensure great quality beer was affordable again to all New Zealanders It noted that the advertisement was about an era that was celebrating when drinking in a public bar closed at 6pm and as such, the advertisement was the Advertiser’s account of the events that took place at that time. 

The Board further acknowledged that beer had a predominate appeal to men and there was a level of acceptance that advertisements about beer would be more likely appeal to men rather than implying unduly masculine themes. 


9. Hampsta Radio Advertisement

12 Complaints – Upheld

Radio Jingle Jangles

The radio advertisement for Hampsta featured a child-like cartoon voice singing a jingle, which included encouraged listeners to join the Hampsta savings scheme. The jingle included the line: 

“But now my mum’s joined Hampsta cause it’s the smartest way to save a little bit each week to pay for Christmas Day. Now when we get to Christmas life won’t be a bitch. I get heaps of toys and food cause we’ll be Hampsta rich.” 

Complainants said they were shocked to hear the word “bitch” in the advertisement. 

The majority of the Complaints Board were of the view that the child-like voice and rhyming jingle style of the advertisement would have evident appeal to children who heard the advertisement and noted the concerns about the normalising of such expletives. The Board noted that the word “bitch” was in the 2009 survey “The Acceptability of Words on Television and Radio“ undertaken by the Broadcasting Standards Authority and that 26% of the people surveyed had found it offensive. The majority of the Complaints Board ruled that the advertisement did not observe a due sense of social responsibility 


10. Sanitarium Weetbix Television Advertisement

12 Complaints – Upheld

Challenges Around Controlled Conditions Filming

The television advertisement for Weet-bix showed a group of children snowboarding down the mountain and then long-boarding through fields and paddocks, then skate-boarding and biking on the open road and around a blind corner. 

Some of the children were on both sides of the road at various times. A safety message was featured at the bottom centre of the screen for part of the scene which read “Filmed on closed roads under controlled conditions”. 

Complainants were shocked and disturbed to see children skateboarding in the middle of a road on a bend and said the size of the warning on the screen that stated the scene was “filmed on a closed road under controlled conditions” was too small and unlikely to be noticed by a child or young person. 

The Complaints Board said that the depiction of the children skate-boarding on the open road was realistic, achievable by children, and showed an unsafe practice that children may try to re-enact. The Complaints Board was of the view that the safety message, even in light of the amended version, was insufficient given the realistic depiction of the scene and the risk of copy-cat behaviour by young viewers. Therefore, the Board was of the view that the advertisement had not been prepared with a high standard of social responsibility.


See the full report here.