Airdate: Sunday Night, Triple Zero Heroes, Gangs of Oz.

Returning: Border Security, City Homicide, Private Practice. Bumped: 24, Holby Blue.

rosscoulthartThe Seven Network has now confirmed key dates of its remaining big guns for its ratings launch.

As widely expected, Sunday Night premieres 6:30pm Sunday February 8th. Hosted by Mike Munro Chris Bath and with reports by Ross Coulhart (pictured) it is followed by the return of Border Security and the premiere of Triple Zero Heroes. At 8:30pm City Homicide begins its new night.

The surprise is the shift of 24 to 9:30pm Sunday February 8 in double episodes -it begins with a two hour premiere 9:30pm next Wednesday, a slot few expected it to keep.

That makes way for the premiere of Gangs of Oz, Seven’s new series on the world of Australian crime at 9:30pm Wednesday February 11th rated M. Despite the use of Matt White on network promos, it is narrated by actor Colin Friels. The first episode explores “the violent world of Middle Eastern gangs.”

Also no surprise to see Private Practice slot into 9:30pm Thursdays from February 12th. Grey’s Anatomy has a two hour premiere next Thursday and is joined by its spin-off a week later.

UPDATED: Times are as follows (Melbourne):

6:30pm City of Melbourne Summer Special
7:00pm In the Bush with Malcolm Douglas
8:00pm Kath & Kim (Aus rpt)

6:30pm Sunday Night
7:30pm Border Security
8:00pm Triple Zero Heroes
8:30pm City Homicide
9:30pm 24
11:20pm Air Crash Investigations rpt
12:30am Holby Blue final

9:30pm Gangs of Oz

9:30pm Private Practice

16 Responses

  1. Yeah i think Sunday Night will be a ratings hit for Seven. The story they have for the first episode is a huge one and i think 60 Minutes will be struggling to get stories in 2009 with Sunday Night now on Seven.

    Also i think 24 will move to 10:30pm Sunday with Bones taking its spot at 9:30pm. It was done last year and i think it will happen again. Unless of course 24 surprisingly rates.

  2. With these double episodes, they won’t rate very well, but should pull solid shares over both hours. Considering Holby Blue is out the following week, I would expect 24 to move to it’s permanent slot Sunday 10.30, with Bones taking the 9.30 slot. According to yahoo7 Bones is returning in Feb.

  3. think their sunday night is too heavy and aggressive, particularly in difficult economic times … i reckon they’ve miscalculated the mood people will be looking for this year …. i’ll be sticking with ten sunday nights

  4. Nice to see City Homicide on Sundays. I havent watched Sunday night TV in years!! But… Here are the times they will truthfully air:
    6:33pm Sunday Night
    7:34pm Border Security
    8:05pm Triple Zero Heroes
    8:38pm City Homicide
    9:39pm 24
    11:31pm Holby Blue

  5. so is gangs of Oz a 2 hour premiere? or is lost moved a week forward? also what now happens to bones, they said it is back in february on their website, perhaps 24 will move to 10:30 on sunday after the premiere and then bones will still be in the 9:30pm slot like expected, just a week late?

  6. Fingers crossed Double episodes of 24 don’t last for long, double episodes in my opinion kill the show with Australian audiences not many of Aussie TV Viewers stay up till 11.30 unlike they seem to do in the USA.

    I can see what the Double episodes are for, if it fails it’ll simply slide into the 10.30 slot and Bones will be bought into 9.30, I bet the following week we’ll see Bones at 9.30 with 24 shoved back to 10.30. I’d place my money on it.

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