Why has TV forgotten finale week?
Once upon a time the last week of the ratings year was packed with big events.
To be fair next week has a few notable events worth noting next week: Friday on My Mind, ARIA Awards, Struggle Street, Junior Eurovision, Family Food Fight & Secret Daughter finales and ABC’s Ripponlea special The Dream Factory– but we are a long way off the way TV used to end the year.
Remember when there were big ticket events like Australian Idol at the Opera House, a Block auction, and an X Factor winner?
They were stay-at-home, order-a-pizza events. Our VCRs were working overtime just so we could keep up with them all.
This year it’s almost as if programmers, and viewers, have taken early leave. Only the ARIAs feels like it will come anywhere close to the Live events we used to get, and it will be delayed.
Looking back through the archives here’s a reminder of the finales / events we used to get, including some last-ever episodes:
Australian Idol, The Apprentice Australia, Celebrity MasterChef, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Xmas Special, Hamish & Andy Xmas Special.
Spicks and Specks, Wild Boys, Celebrity Apprentice, The X Factor, Junior MasterChef, The Slap, Beauty and the Geek Australia, IF Awards, Australia’s Funniest Home Videos.
The Block, The X Factor, Celebrity Apprentice, ARIA Awards, TBL Families, Junior Eurovision, Gruen, Mary: The Making of a Princess, CSI, Hitting Home.