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Easter non-ratings: where are my shows?

If you're wondering where all your favourite shows have disappeared to, there's one very quick answer: Easter non-ratings.

Between April 5 and April 18 we're in a black hole of reruns as most major programming takes a break. Annoyingly, these two weeks are not counted as official ratings surveys despite the fact that most of us are still watching the box.

So programmers will sit tight on new episodes of many profile shows. Newsreaders are all out to lunch.

Shows that are "resting" new episodes include Underbelly, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, Find My Family, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy and more.

Some will try to sneak a repeat episode under the radar, but don't be fooled.

But not all hope is lost. There are still fresh episodes of House, Life, Home & Away, Neighbours, Rove, The Biggest Loser, 60 Minutes, Lost and 24.

A few shows will juggle new episodes and specials including So You Think You Can Dance and Australia's Got Talent.

Nine is even taking the opportunity to strike when there's less competition by launching new programming. Most are lifestyle, factual and clip shows including What's Good For You, RPA, Commercial Breakdown, World's Funniest Videos and the return of Hell's Kitchen. There's no guarantee they will all survive.

The good news is what's in store once these two weeks are behind us.

In the week of April 19, Seven will launch 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Russell Brand's Ponderland and return Family Guy plus My Name is Earl.

TEN will launch MasterChef Australia on April 29th.

Finally, if you're fed up with your shows taking weeks off, check out ABC or SBS where ratings don't matter so much. They are launching some great titles including Spooks and Mad Men.

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Spooks, rocks.
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What's new. I think they still haven't even aired the last season of Gilmore Girls? Not to mention a few others. If its not the ads that piss you off its the scheduling, sorry the inconsistent scheduling and/or the reality shows. No wonder my TV is flat out being turned on once a week.
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Typical really,while most people cant afford to go away on an easter break due to the current economic climate the next best thing is to veg out infront of the box.If its on people will watch once again the general public gets treated shabbily. 10,9 and 7 shame on u
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I really, really, really wanna know what's happening with Supernatural. It's been too long, and it's making me sad =(
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It is typical of the way TV stations in Australia treat the viewers, I don't know how many times I have tuned in to watch a program only to find out it is a repeat. They will say it is because people don't watch show that is why shows such as lost is on so late, but if the programmers keep to a scheduled, people would know when there favorites were on. It is not all about ratings.
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I miss Grey's...
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Sorry to my aussie friends on he site.

Someone should send a message to those TV execs that people would watch more TV during the easter break and there's no reason to pull these shows.
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Lost needs to be in an earlier timeslot. I know so many people who had been missing it after not realising it is even ON. Thank God I download it so I'm 3 weeks ahead of Australian TV anyway. Man, I've said it time and time again... Aussie TV and its Networks completely suck. There is so much wrong with how they operate.
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Ugh what is with all the reality crap? Bring in more American scripted stuff! Not everyone has Foxtel to defer to for the shows that don't make it here.
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I want crusoe, Knight rider, Legend of the seeker and i want supernatural back on!!1
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these tv stations have no respect for the viewer, surely there is some programming they can run to keep viewers happy.
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At least SYTYCD, House, Life and Rove are there. :D. I don't watch any of the ones on hiatus.
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