Tv over christmas and january

Did you know that over Xmas and in January, the TV networks take little interest in how many people watch their shows? So you might have noticed that the type of programs that are on change from the usual ones during this time, until the ratings war starts again in February. During this holiday time programming, what did you think of the quality of TV content? Did you even care what was showing as you were on holiday? Or did you use this time to relax in front of the 'box' and flick between channels? Perhaps it was convenient for you to keep your kids entertained? Maybe you have Pay TV and didn't even watch the 'mainstream' channels? Did you find it 'Christmassy' enough or do you think the networks just don't bother with that these days? Was there one channel you felt outdid the others with its programing?

Last reply: 2nd May 2020 / 615 replies / Post by Rainbow



Posted by: parraguy
Posted on: 23rd Jan 2013

parraguy says: The Free-to-air TV stations are still run by the same people that were running them 20 years ago, and think that "non-ratings" periods are an excuse for not showing quality content. Given that summer TV usually consists of cricket (ch9) tennis (Ch7) and until recently golf (Ch10) there was no need for them to programme anything else. The excuses that we don't watch TV during summer because we all outside until 9pm doesn't hold true anymore either - all our kids under 5 are in bed by 7.30! The only time they programme anything different is when they are scared of everyone downloading, but they missed that boat 5 years ago! Stop chopping and changing programs, start broadcasting US & UK television in real time, or at least, regularly (doesn't stop the ABC from getting 1 million viewers a night) and make content available on line to catch up on.

I did miss National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation though - not sure if it was on this year, but it was missed in our household.

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