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Shows on Australian TV: Nine – “This is Your Life” takes a hit -“Farmer” renewed for a seventh



Generating interest mainly because Andrew Denton’s production company Zapruder’s Other Films is putting it together.

Australian Film Institute Awards


In Their Footsteps

Panic At Rock Island

It has already aired in New Zealand, and hasn’t drawn the best of reviews.

The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show



US show on cable network Showtime starring Matt le Blanc. Was recently renewed for a SECOND SEASON.

Australia’s Funniest Home Videos

A mainstay on Channel Nine for many years, with it having found its home on Saturday nights. Now in its 21st season, with its fourth hosted by Shelley Craft.


The Farmer Wants a Wife

Ratings haven’t been spectacular, but it should receive a seventh season, given Nine’s lack of a huge amount of hit shows.

Week 1: 891,000 (2nd in timeslot)

Week 2: 887,000 (2nd in timeslot)

Week 3: 786,000 (2nd in timeslot)

Week 4: 925,000 (2nd in timeslot)

On the 5th of March, it was renewed for a seventh season.

The Footy Show AFL

Maintains quite strong ratings in its city of Melbourne, however, this is largely dependent on whether Sam Newman remains part of the show.

The Footy Show NRL


Millionaire Hot Seat

60 Minutes

Crime Investigation Australia

Hot Property

Royal Prince Alfred

This Is Your Life

The Block

The third season in 2010 was a modest success, but it would need to at least match those ratings to guarantee it a fourth under new host Scott Cam.

Top Gear Australia


Rescue: Special Ops

This is Your Life

Though it debuted well with its latest incarnation helmer by Eddie McGuire, you can’t take too much out of its first performance. Nevertheless, it remains “Looking Good”. However, it is almost certain to drop, as you have to factor in the Jackman-factor- as it’s known in the industry- for Week 1.

Week 1: 1,043,000 (2nd in timeslot) [LOOKING GOOD]

Week 2: 774,000 [50/50]

Not quite in the Danger zone, but it has a one-way ticket there at the moment. It needs a big-name celebrity to jump-start it.

Week 3: 796,000

No sign of future episodes.

Hey Hey It’s Saturday

Average ratings, high cost… sounds like a recipe for disaster. Almost like a similar situation which arose just over 10 years ago.

Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth

Sea Patrol (Final season to come in 2011)


Shows on Australian TV: SBS

Note: In most cases, “Renewal” refers to a show being granted another season in 2012, or later in the year, depending on the show.


An eighth season is currently airing with a ninth to air in 2012.

Who do You Think You Are? AU

A fourth season has been commissioned.

Who do You Think You Are? UK

An eighth season will appear on screens in 2011.

Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever

This is an interesting one, in that it will not return next year, nor the year after, but it was so popular back in 2010 that if all three hosts were available in 2014, it would easily slip back into the schedule.

Letters and Numbers

Though only six people in Australia watch it regularly (give or take…), SBS seems to have come across a nice little week-nightly show with three friendly-enough personalities.

It’s kind of like the poorer- much poorer- and more tactful cousin of ABC’s Spicks and Specks.

It’s only a matter of time before a commercial network snags Lily Serna too- she’s a real find- and would (literally) have an IQ at least 50 points higher than most of her commercial counterparts… the problem is, there probably isn’t a job mentally stimulating enough to offer her.

David Astle is not bad, too.


Signs are promising for it to return for a ninth season.


The Late Session

The Ricky Gervais Show

East West 101

Ratings have never been stellar for this show starring Don Hany, but neither have any other show’s ratings. It always picks up awards as well as critical acclaim, but there wouldn’t be much of an outcry if it was not given a fourth season.

Mad Men

Despite being a critical darling, this show is in grave danger of being cancelled after various licensing issues surrounding it. If you don’t believe me, check this out.


An eighth and final season is still to come in the States.

French Food Safari