The actual ratings for TVNZ7

June 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

One of the stats that should never see the light of day is monthly cumulative audience. It is a meaningless figure which counts someone who watched 15 minutes of a programme once during a month the same as someone who tunes in for three hours a day, 30 days a month (watches 360 times as much).

Cumulative figures mean almost nothing, except to get very large numbers. The cumulative unique audience for Kiwiblog is 2.78 million people. That is double the 1.4 million monthly cumulative audience for TVNZ7.

What matters is actual shows, and how many watch a show. People watch shows, not channels. I have long said that I think there were some good quality shows on TVNZ7, but the idea of a separate non-commercial channel as part of a commercial broadcaster was incredibly stupid. Those who really care about public broadcasting should be trying to get a better model going forward, not trying to preserve a failed model. TVNZ was never going to promote shows on TVNZ7, which might take people away from TV1 and TV2. What you actually want is to get those shows on TV1 or TV3 or Sky, or even on the Internet.

Now to provide some hard data on viewership, I’m going to blog the ratings for most of the shows that were broadcast the week before last in the evenings, so people can see the audience differences. Now note TVNZ7 is so small it does not even get rated seperately, it comes under “Others”. So the viewing figure for others is the maximum TVNZ7 shows got.

The channels Neilsen reports on are TVOne, TV2, TV3, Prime, Maori TV, Sky, Others.

Viewer numbers for Tuesday were:

  • Tuesday One News 773,000
  • Shortland Street 712,000
  • Masterchef 619,000
  • Tuesday Close Up 487,000
  • Intrepid Journeys 452,000
  • The Middle 429,000
  • 3 News 411,000
  • Target 388,000
  • NCIS 371,000
  • Suburgatory 331,000
  • NCIA: LA 303,000
  • Campbell Live 270,000
  • Funny Roots 270,000
  • Coppers 249,000
  • GCB 230,000
  • Friends 164,000
  • Bee Gees 164,000
  • River Cottage 123,000
  • Necessary Roughness 123,000
  • Neighbours 90,000
  • Others (incl TVNZ7) at 9.30 when Good Word is on) 82,000
  • Deal or No Deal 78,000
  • Crowd Goes Wild 37,000
  • Whose Line is it 29,000

For Wednesday it is:

  • Wednesday One News 725,000
  • Shortland Street 618,000
  • Fair Go 593,000
  • Animal rescue 585,000
  • Big Bang Theory 507,000
  • Two and a half men 495,000
  • Wednesday Close Up 470,000
  • 2 Broke Girls 454,000
  • Undercover Boss 427,000
  • 3 News 338,000
  • Castle 327,000
  • Campbell Live 258,000
  • The GC 245,000
  • Road Cops 221,000
  • Hell’s Kitchen 221,000
  • Friends 192,000
  • Almighty Johnsons 166,000
  • Breakout Kings 150,000
  • WWII in Colour 82,000
  • Deal or No Deal 78,000
  • Wuthering Heights 70,000
  • Others (incl TVNZ7) from 9.00 to 10.00 when Backbenches is on) 65,000
  • QI 41,000
  • Whose Line is it 33,000
  • Crowd Goes Wild 29,000

Now recall again that Others is actually for all channels outside the main TVNZ ones, TV3, TV4, Sky and Maori TV. This includes TVNZU, TVNZ kidzone24, TVNZ7, TVNZ Heartland, Trackside, Choice, Parliament TV, Cue, Te Reo, ShineTV, CTV8, Ch9, Centre Stage, 33 TV, Channel North, Triangle TV. So the actual TVNZ7 numbers may be just a small fraction of “others”, which is already tiny.

Even all grouped together, the only shows on that evening which rate lower are those on Prime. And it not just just about the time of night. At 9 pm and 9.30 pm you often have 35% to 30% of New Zealanders still watching TV.

Now again the issue is not the quality of the TV shows. The issue was placing them as part of TVNZ on a non-commercial channel within a commercial company. It was never going to work.

Taxpayers spend $150 million a year on public broadcasting. There is no reason some of those shows which were on TVNZ7 can’t be funded, if a broadcaster is willing to host them. Setting the shows free from TVNZ7 might be the best thing which could happen to them.

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Metro rates the Auckland MPs

December 6th, 2010 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Metro magazine have released their annual ratings for the 43 Auckland MPs. You need to buy the magazine for the full ratings, but some extracts are:

  • Mean rating 4.5/10
  • Averages per party are 5.7 Maori, 4.8 National, 4.2 Labour, 3.5 ACT and 3.5 Green
  • Top five MPs are Steven Joyce 8.2, John Key 7.8, Phil Goff 7.5, Judith Collins 7.4 and Keith Locke 7.3
  • Bottom two are Chris Carter 0.9 and Ashraf Choudary 1.5
  • Top three National backbenchers are Tau Henare 5.9, Nikki Kaye 5.5 and Sam Lotu-Iiga 4.1
  • Top Labour MPs are Phil Goff 7.5, David Cunliffe 7.1 and Phil Twyford 6.8

Note these are the ratings of the unnamed panel Metro uses, not my own.

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The 2010 Transtasman Ratings

November 30th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Transtasman has published its annual ratings for our 122 MPs. As usual, I do some analysis. The overall average rating is 4.5

Average Ratings per Party

  1. Maori 5.7 ((+0.5 from 2009)
  2. United Future 5.5 (+1.5)
  3. National 5.2 (+0.1)
  4. ACT 4.4 (-0.2)
  5. Labour 4.3 (+0.4)
  6. Green 4.1 (+0.6)
  7. Progressive 2.0 (-1.0)

The overall average rating increased from 4.5 to 4.7.

Top MPs

  1. Simon Power 9.0 (+0.5)
  2. John Key 9.0 (nc)
  3. Tony Ryall 8.5 (+0.5)
  4. Bill English 8.5 (+0.5)

Bottom MPs

  1. Chris Carter 1.0 (-2.5)
  2. Paul Quinn 1.0 (-1.0)
  3. Ashraf Choudary 1.5 (+0.5)

Top Labour MPs

  1. Annette King 6.5 (nc)
  2. David Parker 6.5 (+0.5)
  3. Darren Hughes 6.5 (+0.5)

Top Third Party MPs

  1. Tariana Turia – 7.5 (+0.5)
  2. Peter Dunne – 5.5 (+1.5)
  3. Sue Kedgley – 5.5 (+1.5)
  4. John Boscawen – 5.0 (+0.5)
  5. Jim Anderton – 2.0 (-1.0)

Top 2008 intake MPs

  1. Steven Joyce 7.5 (nc)
  2. Rahui Katene 6.0 (nc)
  3. Simon Bridges 6.0 (+2.0)

Biggest Increases

  1. Lindsay Tisch, Simon Bridges, Sue Moroney and Hone Harawira all +2 from 2009

Biggest Decreases

  1. Pansy Wong -3.0
  2. Chris Carter -2.5

Group Ratings

  1. Ministers 6.6 (+0.4)
  2. Cabinet 7.1 (+0.4)
  3. National frontbench 7.9 (+0.2)
  4. Labour frontbench 5.0 (+0.5)
  5. National 2008 intake 4.2 (nc)
  6. Labour 2008 intake 4.1 (+0.4)
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Dom Post Ratings

December 21st, 2009 at 11:41 am by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins and Vernon Small rate the front benches. Their scores:

  • John Key 9.0
  • Bill English 6.5
  • Gerry Brownlee 6.5
  • Simon Power 8.5
  • Tony Ryall 8.0
  • Nick Smith 5.5
  • Judith Collins 7.5
  • Anne Tolley 3.5
  • Chris Finlayson 7.0
  • David Carter 4.0
  • Tariana Turia 7.0
  • Pita Sharples 6.0
  • Rodney Hide 2.0
  • Phil Goff 7.5
  • Annette King 6.5
  • David Cunliffe 6.0
  • Ruth Dyson 5.5
  • Parekura Horomia 4.0
  • Clayton Cosgrove 6.5
  • Chris Carter 2.0
  • Maryan Street 5.0
  • Darren Hughes 6.0
  • David Parker 8.0
  • Russel Norman 6.0
  • Metiria Turei 4.5

While most of the ratings are common sense, I actually would disagree with a few. I can’t imagine how you can say the Shadow Attorney-General (David Parker) is a point higher than the actual Attorney-General (Chris Finlayson). I agree Parker has been one of the better Labour MPs.

Likewise the Dom Post seem to be reflecting Trevor Mallard’s view of Anne Tolley, than the real world. They have rated Parekura Horomia higher than Tolley. Yes, Anne Tolley was a bit unsteady in the House in her early days, but doesn’t look as bothered now. And frankly blaming Tolley for not getting the teacher unions to support national standards as absurd. That is like giving Michael Cullen bad marks as the former Finance Minister for not getting the Roundtable to endorse his policies.

I also can’t see where you rate Carter a 4.0 for Agriculture – just because he is low profile. The feedback I get is that Carter is very respected by the industry.

And on the Labour side, a totally lack of mention of Goff’s biggest fuck up during the year – the Richard Worth scandal. His championing of Neelam Choudary as some shy and retiring person who could not handle Worth blew up massively in his face and damaged his brand. He dropped significantly in the polls after that. A 7.5 is well rather generous for the man whose party is 25 points behind in the polls.

But hey it gets boring if everyone agrees on every rating.

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The 2009 Transtasman Ratings

December 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm by David Farrar

Transtasman has published its annual ratings for our 122 MPs. As usual, I do some analysis. The overall average rating is 4.5

Average Ratings per Party

  1. Maori 5.2
  2. National 5.1
  3. ACT 4.5
  4. United Future 4.0
  5. Labour 3.9
  6. Green 3.7
  7. Progressive 3.0

The influx of new MPs saw the overall average rating drop from 4.8 to 4.5. All parties except National had their average drop. National went up 0.3.

Top MPs

  1. Lockwood Smith 9.25
  2. John Key 9.0
  3. Simon Power 8.5

Bottom MPs

  1. Hone Harawira 0.0
  2. Ashrad Choudary 1.0

Top Labour MPs

  1. Annette King 6.5
  2. David Parker 6.0
  3. Darren Hughes 6.0

Top Third Party MPs

  1. Pita Sharples & Tariana Turia – 7.0
  2. Jeanette Fitzsimons – 6.0
  3. Roger Douglas & Heather Roy – 5.0
  4. Peter Dunne – 4.0
  5. Jim Anderton – 3.0

Top New MPs

  1. Steven Joyce 7.5
  2. Rahui Katene 6.0
  3. Amy Adams 5.0

Group Ratings

  1. Ministers 6.2
  2. Cabinet 6.7
  3. National frontbench 7.7
  4. Labour frontbench 4.5
  5. National 2008 intake 4.2
  6. Labour 2008 intake 3.7

It will be interesting to see in a year how the ratings have changed. Hopefully by then the Labour frontbench has had a reshuffle. That is a huge disparity between the frontbenches.

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Dom Post rates the Ministers

October 24th, 2009 at 2:37 pm by David Farrar

The Dominion Post has done a feature of several pages to evaluate the first year of the Key Government. Part of that is a ranking of the National Ministers. They have not ranked John Key (there’s a sort of automatic assumption that he would be top ranking) but have ranked Lockwood Smith, even though he is Speaker, not a Minister. The ratings are:

  • 10/10 – Lockwood Smith
  • 9.5/10 – Simon Power
  • 9.0/10 – Steven Joyce
  • 8.5/10 – Tony Ryall
  • 8.0/10 – Judith Collins
  • 7.5/10 – Chris Finlayson
  • 7.0/10 – Bill English and Paula Bennett
  • 6.5/10 – Nick Smith
  • 6.0/10 – Gerry Brownlee, Murray McCully and Tim Groser
  • 5.0/10 – Phil Heatley, Anne Tolley, Wayne Mapp, Nathan Guy
  • 4.0/10 – Jonathan Coleman, Maurice Williamson and Georgina te Heuheu
  • 3.0/10 – Kate Wilkinson, David Carter and John Carter
  • 2.0/10 – Pansy Wong

The Dom Post refers to the top six rated as “the stars”, and I agree they have all handled their areas very well, even though of course I may disagree with some of the policy decisions. If it were not for the housing issue, I think Bill would have been there also.

These are of course the ratings of the Dominion Post gallery team.Not sure if the Herald will do their own ratings. In December I expect we will get the annual Trans-Tasman ratings of not just Ministers, but all 122 MPs.

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