The end of the year as far as TV is concerned is almost upon us, as the last day for 2010 ratings survey November 27 edges closer.
While a few shows continue into summer non-ratings, the majority will be off during summer, whether it is their season finale or not. Australian produced shows are scheduled and planned to fit in with our ratings seasons, but in the case of US shows, those that are fast tracked or played within a few weeks of US air date generally do not continue over summer.
Shows like Glee, House, Bones, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife and so on which we see here soon after they do in the US remain on hold over summer while episodes coin tune to air in the US. When ratings resume in February 2011, these shows return, many weeks or even months behind their US air times.
Following is a list of shows on the commercial networks and the dates that we will see their last episodes for the year. Updated Nov 9.
Beauty and the Geek Australia – Thur Nov 25, 8.30pm, Seven
Better Homes and Gardens – Fir Nov 26, 7.30pm, Seven
Bondi Vet – Thur Nov 18, 7.30pm, Ten
Burn Notice – Thur Nov 18, 9.30pm, Ten
City Homicide – Wed Nov 24, 8.30pm (double episode), Seven
Cops LAC – Thur Nov 11, 9.30pm (double episode), Nine
Deal or No Deal (new episodes) – Fri Nov 26, 5.30pm, Seven. Note repeats will continue in summer.
Home and Away – Fri Nov 26, 7pm, Seven
Glee - Mon Nov 29, 7.30pm, Ten UPDATED
Good News Week – Mon Nov 22, 9.30pm, Ten
House – Wed Nov 24, 9.30pm, Ten
Iron Chef Australia – Tue Nov 23, 7.30pm, Seven
Junior Masterchef - Mon Nov 15, 7.30pm, Ten
Packed to the Rafters – Tue Nov 16, 8.30pm, Seven
Parenthood – Tue Nov 23, 8.30pm (double episode), Seven
RPA – Thur Nov 18, Nine
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation – Tue Nov 23, 7.30pm, Ten – Xmas Special
The Big Bang Theory (new) – Wed Nov 10, 8.30pm, Nine. NO MORE FOR 2010.
The Block – Wed Nov 24, 7.30pm, Nine
NCIS (new) – Tue Nov 23, 8.30pm, Ten
Offspring – Sun Nov 21, 8.30pm, Ten (two hours)
The Force – Wen Nov 17, 7.30pm (double episode), Seven
The Good Wife – Wed Nov 24, 8.30pm, Ten
The Mentalist – Mon Nov 8, 8.30pm, Nine (not on Mon Nov 15 or 22)
The X Factor – Mon Nov 22, 7.30pm, Seven
Top Gear Australia – Tue Nov 2, 7.30pm, Nine (not on Tue Nov 9, 16 or 23) – so has now finished for the year
Two and a Half Men (new) – Mon Nov 8, 7.30pm, Nine (not on Mon Nov 15 or 22)
Undercover Boss Australia – Mon Nov 22, 8.30pm, Ten
60 Minutes – playing best of in summer.
Neighbours – 6.30pm, Friday Dec 17, Ten
Rush – Continues in summer. If no doubles, last would be Thur Dec 16, 8.30pm
Two and a Half Men (repeats) – At this stage, appear to be continuing into summer
* Not including GO – which may continue playing repeats at varying times – although I would assume the need to fill the GO schedule with Big Bang and Two and a Half Men repeats would not be as prevalent during non-ratings.
The Amazing Race and Survivor Nicaragua will continue as it would not make sense to hold off the final few episodes until 2011.
The list will be updated as more information comes to hand. Focus here is mostly on prime time main channels. Feel free to comment or question any exclusions.
Neighbours generally finish later than the end of ratings. Will add dates once confirmed.