Just how is 2011 doing so far in TV land? Already – there are flops as well as surprise early season finishes – like Packed to the Rafters on Seven.
Looking at the list of shows for 2011 and their premiere or returning air dates, here are our comments on just how things are going – show by show.
30 Rock – Seven – Thur Feb 3, 11.30pm
Still airing at that time.
60 Minutes – Nine – Sun Feb 13, 7.30pm
Still airing as planned.
6PM With George Negus – Ten – Mon Jan 24, 6.00pm
Still on, despite poor ratings. The 10.30pm encore nearly doubles the exposure of 6PM. The ratings at 6PM are on the way up, sitting around 400,000 at the moment.
American Idol – FOX8 – Thur Jan 20, 7.35pm
Who says Idol needs Simon Cowell to work? Enjoying this season more than many of the previous seasons.
Ben Elton: Live From Planet Earth – Nine – Tue Feb 8, 9.30pm
Flop number 1 for 2011. Poor premiere ratings, followed by even lower subsequent ratings means it only lasted 3 weeks.
Better Homes and Gardens – Seven – Fri Feb 4, 7.30pm
On and rating as well as ever.
Blue Bloods – Ten – Wed Feb 2, 8.30pm
Ten’s first high profile import casualty of 2011. Moved from Wednesday nights to 9.30pm Friday nights, where even less people are watching compared to Wednesdays.
Bob’s Burgers – ELEVEN – Wed Jan 26, 9.30pm
Doing OK for a multi channel and considering the timeslot.
Bondi Rescue – Ten – Sun Feb 6, 8.00pm
On and continues.
Bones – Seven – Mon Jan 31, 8.30pm. Sundays and Mondays 8.30m from Feb 6.
Back to once a week, then Seven caught up with episodes from the US. Rather than being a few days behind and fast tracking as such, Seven have chosen to air repeats, which will most likely remain until after Easter.
Border Security – Sun Feb 6, 7.30pm
Doing well as usual.
Brothers and Sisters – Seven – Mon Jan 31, 9.30pm
Burn Notice – Ten – Feb or later*
According to TV Week, Ten have no plans to play Burn Notice in the immediate future on either Ten or ELEVEN.
Castle – Seven – Sun Feb 6, 9.30pm
Chuck – FOX8 – Sun Jan 23, 6.30pm
Flopped in that timeslot, although, this season is no where as good as previous ones. They have moved Chuck to Friday nights, and are playing the season from the start again. Assuming no programming changes, first run episodes will air from Friday April 22.
City Homicide – Seven – Wed Feb 2, 9.30pm
Final Wed March 30, 9.30pm.
Cougar Town – Seven – Tue Feb 1, 10.30pm
Conviction Kitchen – Seven – Feb 8
Played after Rafters on Tuesday at 9.30 before settling to 8.30pm Mondays where it remains. Should finish Mon April 11 (assumed).
Criminal Minds – Seven – Wed Feb 2, 8.30pm
Now the highest rating import on TV at the moment. A double episode will air Wednesday April 6 (and presumably 13th as well).
CSI – Nine – Thur Feb 3, 8.30pm
Amazingly for Nine, it has stayed in that timeslot. There were two weeks of doubles though in February
New episodes air again from March 28, after being in and out of Nine’s schedule a number of times in 2011.
Desperate Housewives – Seven – Thur Feb 3, 9.30pm
Fat Family Diet – Seven – Mon Jan 31, 10.30pm
Series has finished.
Fringe – GO! – Wed Jan 19, 9.30pm
After GO! Played a double episode recently, Fringe has disappeared from the schedule. GO say they will play them once they have enough episodes built up to go to the season final without a break. Possibly some time in April.
Getaway – Nine – Thur Jan 27, 8.00pm
Still there in its new half hour format.
Glee – Ten – Mon Jan 31, 7.30pm
Last new episode for a while airs March 21. A break in the US means we probably won’t see any new ones until May 2, after Easter non-ratings.
Grey’s Anatomy – Seven – Thur Feb 3, 8.30pm
Hawaii Five-O – Ten – Sun Jan 30, 8.30pm
Doing OK, and picking up 15%-20% more audience on timeshift figures. A double episode back in February didn’t help the audience build.
Home and Away – Seven – Mon Jan 24, 7.00pm
Doing well – reaching over a million on some nights.
House – Ten – Feb – Wed Feb 2, 9.30pm
Moved to Mondays 8.30pm in response to poor ratings of other shows.
How I Met Your Mother – Seven – Thur Feb 3, 7.30pm
The double episodes means we have nearly caught up
Keeping Up With the Joneses – Ten – later in year*
No news on this one.
Law & Order: SVU – Ten Thur Jan 20, 9.30pm
Lie to Me – Ten – Feb*
Went to Wednesdays at 9.30pm. Last new ep aired Wed March 16. Currently not in the schedule due to comedy specials on Wednesday nights March 23 and 30.
Mike and Molly – Nine – Wed Feb 9, 8.00pm
Also airs on GO now – not performing as well as Nine would have hoped, but still is there in the same timeslot.
Modern Family New – Ten – Sun Jan 30, 7.30pm
Not attracting the number of viewers it used to, bit still doing well.
Murphy’s Law – 7TWO – Wed Feb 2, 9.45pm
My Kitchen Rules – Seven – Mon Jan 31, 7.30pm. Continues Tue Feb 1 and Wed Feb 2 at 7.30pm. Airs Mon – Wed – 3 nights a week from then on.
Rating through the roof – so much so that a third series has already been commissioned. MKR alone is causing most of the problems that Nine and Ten have with their 7.30 show ratings Mon-Wed.
NCIS New – Ten – Feb – Tue Feb 1, 8.30pm
Always does well. May pick up more viewers now that Rafters has finished.
NCIS: LA New – Ten – Sun Jan 30, 9.30pm
Ten should play this on Tuesday night after NCIS. NCIS: LA does not do as well as it should, being after Hawaii Five-O.
Nikita – GO! – later in year?
Still no sign of this show.
Packed to the Rafters – Seven – Tue Feb 8, 8.30pm
Finished already (but will be back later). Last new episode aired March 15.
Parenthood – Seven – Tue Feb 1, 8.30pm (double ep, then Tue Feb 8, 9.30pm)
On again, off again, on again. Interruptions to its timeslot with Conviction Kitchen in February, then another next Tuesday March 29 has not helped its figures – which are down on last years’.
Private Practice – Seven – Thur Feb 3, 10.30pm
Still there. Obviously not the same number of viewers as it got at 9.30, but still not bad for its time.
Rescue Special Ops – Nine – later in the year
Possibly to air in May but not confirmed.
RPA: Where Are They Now? – Nine – Wed Feb 9, 9.30pm
Continues as scheduled.
$#*! My Dad Says – Nine – Mon Jan 31, 8.00pm
Flop number 2 from Nine. Out of the schedule already, not even on GO yet.
Sunday Night – Seven – Sun Feb 6, 6.30pm
It’s success so far in 2011 has prompted Nine to put ACA on Sundays as well.
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation – Ten – Tue Feb 8, 7.30pm
Nowhere near as successful as it used to be. Too many repeats have affected the shows performance this year.
The Amazing Race Australia – Seven – Later in the year*
Most likely to air soon after the conclusion of the US series currently airing on 7mate Sundays at 6.30pm.
The Big Bang Theory New – Nine – Tue Feb 8 and Wed Feb 9, 7.30pm
A stable timeslot would help. New eps have now been on every possible combination of Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The Biggest Loser Families – Ten – Sun Jan 30, 6.30pm Then Wed-Fri 7.30pm.
Doing better than the previous year.
The Farmer Wants a Wife – Nine – Wed Feb 9. 8.30pm
Series 6 about to conclude. There will be a 7th, applications are open. Ratings so far lower this season than previous ones.
The Force – Seven – Sunday Feb 6, 8.00pm
Still on and doing OK.
The Good Wife – Ten – Thur Jan 20, 8.30pm
Doing OK for its time.
The Mentalist New – Nine – Sunday Feb 13, 8.30pm.
Doing OK, but not as well as previous years.
The Vampire Diaries – GO! – Mon Jan 31, 9.30pm
Has stuck to the same timeslot but is currently off due to a break in the US. Should return April 12.
Top Gear New – Nine – Tue Feb 8, 8.00pm
Now has moved to 8.30pm. Ratings are down on last year.
Two and a Half Men New – Nine – Mondays Jan 31, 7.30pm
Figures are down, but the show remains on Nine, same time for the new episodes, repeats as well. Nine calls a double new episode, a “Two and a Half men Event” – goodness – if that is an event, what would they call the Olympics?
Underbelly – Razor – Nine – later in the year
To come later in the year.
Underbelly Files – Tell Them Lucifer Was Here – Nine – Mon Feb 7, 8.30pm
Underbelly Files – Infiltration – Nine – Mon Feb 14, 8.30pm
Underbelly Files – The Man Who Got Away – Nine – Mon Feb 21, 8.30pm
All have aired, they were also encored on GEM. All did over a million on Nine.
V – GO! – Wed Jan 19, 8.30pm
Final March 23.
Winners and Losers – Seven – Tuesday 8.30pm, from March 22.
About to premiere.