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Local shows strong in 2009

Figures released for the year’s viewing show local content, both drama and factual, standing tall amongst the most-watched episodes of the year.

Out of TVNZ, TV2’s viewing figures put five NZ shows in the top ten most-viewed episodes, with Shortland Street topping the heap with 623,00. The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men were the channel’s best performing overseas shows, peaking at 587,000 and 560,000 respectively.

For trivia fans, Shortland Street’s finale was the second highest season finale in five years, after the 2007 reveal of Joey as the serial killer. The 2009 finale was also only the second time in five years a Friday episode has out-rated the Monday episode.

Motorway Patrol (3), Police Ten 7 (4), Illegal NZ (5) and NZ Smashes Guinness World Record (9) also made the cut. Ex-pat Kiwi Phil Keoghan’s The Amazing Race came in 8th.

On TV3, the story was almost as good, with four of the top ten being Kiwi product. A local show again took top spot, with no prizes for guessing it also came from the SPP stable, Outrageous Fortune with 512,000.

Target (3), What’s Really in Our Food? (4) and 3 News (5) made 4 out the top 5 slots homegrown. In contrast to TV2, a couple of movies (Transformers (8) and Shooter (10)) also made the list.

All figures are from AGB Nielsen, 5+, from weeks 1-50.