2013 has seen TV3 make great progress in current affairs with Campbell Live but the same cannot be said for 3rd Degree and in particular, their monthly debate show The Vote.
Last night’s debate, “Our kids: it not poverty, it’s parenting”, was poorly thought out and presented a false dichotomy.
The options for the debate weren’t mutually exclusive, the voting results weren’t scientific and ultimately unsurprising considering TV3’s “middle New Zealand” audience. Duncan Garner’s unrelated attack on Destiny church’s Hannah Tamaki was appalling and other than ending on a cute note with a plug for a remade reggae song, the most important thing lacking from last night were actual solutions.
Is it any wonder that the average audience for the series so far is only about 178,000 viewers per episode? While last night delved new depths in current affairs, it still rated 52,750 more viewers than the series low of 110,830. That honor went to the second episode of The Vote which hoped to discover if New Zealand was a racist country.
In comparison, last year 60 Minutes drew an average audience of more than 100,000 more viewers per episode. Continue reading »