Week 14 and what have we learned this ratings year so far? Channel 9 isn’t the home of laughter yet – at least not laughter as a result of what it’s offering, as opposed to laughter at what it’s offering. Channel 10 has patience, but not as much as it used to, with the last week of 6PM with George Negus and Ten Evening News ahead of us before the latest “tightening” changes. Channel 7 can’t seem to put a foot wrong when it comes to drama or reality, but then it’s not really being offered a lot of serious competition. The ABC will continue to suprise us with what it offers, we just wish it did it more consistently.

Then again, 8 weeks in television is a long time, and TV programmers are showing very little patience with anything or anyone at the moment…


  • Sunday Night – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7
  • Biggest Loser Australia: Families – Sun 6:30pm; Wed/Thu/Fri 7:30pm, Ch10
  • 60 Minutes – Sun 7:30pm, Ch9
  • Bondi Rescue – Sun 8pm, Ch10
  • Hawaii Five-O – Sun 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Harry’s Law – Sun 9:30pm, Ch9 (plus rpt Fri 9:30pm, GEM)
  • Mythbusters (The Barack Obama special) – Mon 7:30pm, SBS one
  • Oprah’s Glee Special – Mon 7:30pm, Ch10
  • Conviction Kitchen – Mon 9pm, Ch7
  • Survivor: Redemption Island (double episode) – Tue 7:30pm, GO!
  • Winners & Losers (double episode) – Tue 8:30pm, Ch7
  • Raising Hope – Tue 8:30pm, Eleven
  • The Office (US) – Tue 9pm, Eleven
  • Californication – Tue 10:05pm, Eleven
  • Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight – Wed 8:30pm, ABC1
  • Big Love (season finale) – Wed 8:30pm, SBS one
  • Hungry Beast – Wed 9:30pm, ABC1
  • Party Down – Thu 8:30pm, ABC2
  • Heston’s Feasts – Thu 8:30pm, SBS one
  • The Cape – Fri 7:30pm, 7mate
  • Blue Bloods – Fri 9:30pm, Ch10
  • RocKwiz – Sat 9:20pm, SBS one
  • A Quiet Word With… Alan Davies – Sat 9:30pm, ABC1


  • Compass – Sun 10pm, ABC1
  • Boston Legal (rpt) – Sun 11pm, 7mate
  • Rake (rpt) – Mon 8:30pm, ABC2
  • Deadwood (rpt) – Mon 9:30pm, ABC2
  • Black Books (rpt) – Tue 8pm, ABC2
  • Hoarders – Tue 8:30pm, GEM
  • Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares – 11pm, Ch9
  • Bob’s Burgers – Wed 8:30pm, Eleven
  • Megastructures – Thu 8:30pm, 7mate


  • NZ’s Next Top Model – Sun 7:30pm, Eleven
  • The Mentalist – Sun 8:30pm, Ch9
  • 6pm with George Negus – Weeknights 6pm, Ch10
  • The 7pm Project – Weeknights 7pm, Ch10
  • Q and A – Mon 8:35pm ABC News 24 (Qld); 9:35pm ABC1
  • Media Watch – Mon 9:15pm, ABC1
  • Good Game – Tue 8:30pm, ABC2
  • Mike and Molly – Wed 8pm, Ch9
  • V – Wed 8:30pm, GO!
  • CSI – Thu 8:30pm, Ch9
  • The Game Plan  – Thu 8:30pm, One
  • NRL – Fri 7:30pm/9:30pm, Ch9
  • Undercover Boss (USA) – Fri 8:30pm, Ch10


  • Bones – Sun 8:30pm, Ch7
  • Castle – Sun 9:30pm, Ch7
  • Gordon (Ramsay)’s Great Escape – Mon 8:30pm, GEM
  • CSI: Miami – Mon 9:30pm, Ch9
  • Dexter – Mon 9:30pm, Eleven
  • Montreal Comedy Festival – Wed 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Angry Boys Sneak Peek – Wed 9:30pm, ABC1
  • Britain’s Missing Top Model – Wed 9:30pm, ABC2
  • Grey’s Anatomy – Thu 8:30pm, Ch7


  • The Amazing Race – Sun 6:30pm, 7mate
  • My Kitchen Rules – Mon/Tue/Wed 7:30pm, Ch7
  • House – Mon 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Top Gear – Tue 8:30pm, Ch9
  • The Late Session – Tue 10:05pm, SBS1
  • Farmer Wants A Wife – Wed 8:30pm, Ch9


  • Million Dollar Drop – Mon 8:30pm, Ch9
  • Cougar Town – Tue 10:30pm, Ch7
  • Hellcats – Tue 7:30pm, GO!
  • Desperate Housewives – Thu 9:30pm, Ch7
  • NRL Footy Show – Thu 9:30pm, Ch9
  • 30 Rock – Thu 11:30pm, Ch7

We finally get to see the other episodes of A Quiet Word With… recorded by Tony Martin, starting Saturday night. Another gem that Aunty seems to not know where to home.

While The Cape has been soundly panned by critics in the US, it’s supposed to be pretty good as long as you don’t demand a lot of it. It premieres Friday night on 7mate, but only in the capital cities, with all the regions getting the AFL game from Friday night at a reasonable time instead. Highly stupid, but it is what it is.

If you’re a Big Love fan, the season finale this week is pretty good.