Late List: June results

2012-09-05_1442Start times appeared to improve in June, according to entries filed by readers on the TV Tonight Late List.

There were 35 entries filed by readers in June, down from 62 in May.

However the headaches of the Labor Leadership spill understandably led to  a rise in ABC entries last month.

TEN, SBS and Foxtel continue to get big ticks from the audience for accurate programming -a trend that has been evident across several months now.

Seven: 16
Nine: 9
ABC: 8
TEN: 2
SBS: 0
Foxtel: 0

Amongst the filed entries were:

Home and Away Advertised time: 7:00pm / Actual 7:03pm
A Place to Call Home Advertised time: 8:30pm / Actual 8:48pm
The Celebrity Apprentice Advertised time: 8:30pm / Actual 8:40pm
Two and a Half Men Advertised time: 10:30pm / Actual 10:58pm
Adam Hills Tonight Advertised time: 8:30pm / Actual 9:33pm

You can file an entry here.

NB: The Late List is a crowd-sourcing trial and is not scientifically conducted. It relies on the trust of readers to resource information.


  1. Whilst I’ve always appreciate David Knox’s dedicated time and effort involved, providing us with this opportunity to register such events, and not ungratefully, but I no longer feel I should spend my time chasing my tail in logging them anymore.
    Simply because the main offenders still snub their noses at one and all, surely after David’s late list running so long, and with them still persisting in the now well established practice, indicates to me they have no intention of changing anything, except for getting even worse with the only saving grace, is that if they overrun much longer they will actually be compelled to extend advertised and normally 1 hour long shows, to the 2 hours they occasionally nearly reach now.

    In regards to network Ten they have been much better, but also sometimes lapse, thus unfortunately being as equally unreliable, and I wonder if it’s not an attempt at them wanting to do the right thing, but more simply a fact of them not having the volume of ‘Adds’ to cram in, as seems to be the main reasons for the other blatant offenders.

    • It’s still a trial feature, but what has been interesting has been seeing some trends emerge, giving us a better picture of what’s going on. I’ve never thought commercial Programmers would change their habits because 60 or so people on a blog have called them on it. That said, The Age did write it up when it was launched. From the anecdotal evidence here (and it’s only anecdotal) any my conversations with TEN I feel there is a concerted effort on their part to improve.

  2. Armchair Analyst

    TEN actually doing something right for a change,wow that is amazing. They must have told lachlan to keep out of programing and scheduling decisions. Anyway good news for TEN, if only they can fix ONE, and schedule youth programing which is good on 11.

  3. I think the shows are still running late, but people either can’t be bothered to report or PVR shows and then forget. I know I entered what seemed like loads of entry, so feel as if a third of these may have been mine 🙁

  4. bettestreep2008

    David, thanks so much for publishing these findings.

    I too have noticed Ten has improved this year. No surprises with Seven and Nine.

    Sadly the ratings show that viewers don’t really care.

    I do take these over-runs seriously and tend to stop watching the show if it occurs too often.

    Thank goodness we can record the shows and watch them later. And of course I love the secondary channels which tend to repeat the shows at a later time.

  5. Surely the more important point about Adam Hills Tonight is that it went to air on a different channel as well. Still, at least if you managed to miss it, there’s always the repeat on Saturday night… oh, except for this week when some idiot programmer decided to pre-empt it with a repeat of Hills’ stand-up act instead!

  6. Come on give the ABC a break with Adam Hills, They were covering a big political story which takes precedence over any other programing. Apart from that usually that show runs one minute early.

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