This may come as a bit of a shock…
But Free to Air TV programmers appear to have become more consistent with their scheduling than a decade ago.
At least, they are based on amendments filed here at TV Tonight.
In recent months I have noticed filing less Programming posts to advise of a “Bump” -a show that has moved from its slot. So I did some digging, and trawled back over 10 years of posts.
The highest amount in any 1 calendar year was 2010 when there were 56 “Bumped” posts. The lowest is this year at 17 thus far. Even factoring in that this year still has 3 months to go, last year was the lowest at 24 posts.
I attribute this to networks stripping Reality shows across their year, sometimes up to 90 minutes a night.
A decade ago we had far more 30 minute shows across weeknights, meaning when some didn’t work they had to be replaced. We still have failures now (The Biggest Loser: Transformed, The Last Resort, Cannonball) but they are actually fewer.
Of course, the evidence is purely anecdotal, but while programmers are often knocked for moving shows around I am quietly confident Angus Ross, Michael Healy and Beverley McGarvey and their teams have managed to steady their schedules, compared with a decade ago.