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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