14 Jan 2009

TV viewing up for 2008

7:16 pm on 14 January 2009

New Zealanders watched on average three hours and eight minutes of television a day last year, according to the New Zealand Television Broadcasters Council.

This equates to an increase of almost 9% on the previous year.

Chief executive Rick Friesen says big sports events, such as the Olympics, drew increased viewer numbers, and people are also chosing home entertainment because of financial pressure.

Some of the most popular New Zealand shows last year included Outrageous Fortune and Dancing With The Stars.