2006 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

Ratings[edit]

New channels[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Free-to-air television[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
RAN – Remote Area Nurse SBS TV 5 January
9am with David and Kim Network Ten 30 January
The Biggest Loser [3] Network Ten 13 February
Bert's Family Feud Nine Network 13 February
Bondi Rescue Network Ten 15 February
The Chaser's War on Everything [4] ABC TV 17 February
Head 2 Head [5] ABC TV 18 February
Clever Nine Network 19 February
Magda's Funny Bits Nine Network 21 February
Where Are They Now? Seven Network 26 February
Thank God You're Here Network Ten 5 April
Hello/Goodbye Nine Network 11 May
It Takes Two Seven Network 28 May
What's Good For You Nine Network 29 May
The Wedge Network Ten 30 May
Can We Help? ABC TV 9 June
Wine Me, Dine Me[6] Nine Network 21 June
Mortified Nine Network 30 June
H2O: Just Add Water Network Ten 7 July
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice Nine Network 11 July
Honey, We're Killing the Kids Network Ten 12 July
Quizmania Nine Network 25 July
jtv ABC TV 29 July
First Tuesday Book Club ABC TV 1 August
Cybershack[7] Network Ten 1 August
Yasmin's Getting Married Network Ten 1 August
You May Be Right
Axed after four episodes
Seven Network 13 August
Two Twisted Nine Network 14 August
The Master
Axed after one episode but returned later in the year
Seven Network 16 August
David Tench Tonight[8] Network Ten 17 August
The Force: Behind the Line Seven Network 22 August
Real Stories Network Ten 22 August
Police Files: Unlocked Seven Network 6 September
Good Game [7] ABC2 19 September
What a Year Nine Network 2 October
The Real Seachange Seven Network 8 October
Operatunity Oz [9] ABC TV 8 October
Big Questions Nine Network 19 October
Tripping Over[10] Network Ten 25 October
Do It Nine Network 5 November
Speaking in Tongues SBS TV 7 November
Food Safari SBS TV 6 December
Puzzle Play Network Ten 21 December

Subscription television[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Crown Australian Celebrity Poker Challenge[11] FOX8 5 January
An Aussie Goes Barmy[12] FOX8 29 November

New international programming[edit]

ABC TV[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Doc Martin [13] ABC TV 18 February
France The Gnoufs ABC TV 20 Februay
Canada United States Edgar and Ellen ABC TV 2 March
France Republic of Ireland Zombie Hotel ABC TV 2 March
France Canada Skyland ABC TV 2 March
Worst Week of My Life, TheUnited Kingdom The Worst Week of My Life [14] ABC TV 5 April
Canada Class of the Titans ABC TV 18 April
United States Canada Gerald McBoing-Boing ABC TV 1 May
United Kingdom Dr. Dog ABC TV 23 May
Canada Jane and the Dragon ABC TV 25 May
United Kingdom Bleak House [15] ABC TV 9 July
United Kingdom Canada Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs ABC TV 31 July
United States Avatar: The Last Airbender ABC TV 24 August
United States Naughty, Naughty Pets ABC TV 29 August
United States Princess Natasha ABC TV 29 August
Sensitive SkinUnited Kingdom Sensitive Skin [16][17] ABC TV 15 September
IT Crowd, TheUnited Kingdom The IT Crowd[18] ABC TV 27 September

SBS TV[edit]

Date Program
30 January United Kingdom Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
23 March Japan Samurai Champloo
17 July Brazil City of Men
2 December Belgium Russian Dolls: Sex Trade
12 December United Kingdom Top Gear

Seven Network[edit]

Date Program
1 February United States Prison Break
25 February United States The Buzz on Maggie
20 May United States Alpha Teens on Machines
22 July United States The Emperor's New School
25 October United States The Unit
5 December New Zealand SCU: Serious Crash Unit
5 December United States Life As We Know It
26 December Canada Erky Perky

Network Ten[edit]

Date Program
13 February Japan One Piece (4Kids version)
13 February Japan Mew Mew Power
31 March United States Bratz
13 June United States All Grown Up!
7 July United States My Life as a Teenage Robot
15 August Japan Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
9 September United States Stuart Little: The Animated Series
21 September United States Jericho
3 December United Kingdom Wild at Heart [19]

Nine Network[edit]

Date Program
5 February United States Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
23 July United States Dora the Explorer

Subscription television[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Entourage[20] Arena 1 January
United States Hannah Montana[21] Disney Channel 21 April
Surreal Life, The United States The Surreal Life (Beginning with season 3, seasons 1[22] and 2 aired later)[23] VH1 June
United States Kept [24] VH1 June
United Kingdom Emmerdale [25] UKTV 2 July
United States Strange Love [26] VH1 5 September
United States SuperGroup [27] VH1 6 September
United States So NoTORIous [28] VH1 2 October
United States House of Carters[29] E! 4 November
Celebrity Fit Club United States Celebrity Fit Club [30][31] VH1 2 December

Programming changes[edit]

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had previously premiered on another Australian television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.

Program New network Previous network Date
United States Futurama Network Ten Seven Network 18 January
Japan Sonic X Seven Network Network Ten 18 November


Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian subscription television that had previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air on the original free-to-air television network.

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United States Lost [32] Fox8 Seven Network 27 November

Television shows[edit]

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2000s[edit]

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Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
4 June Blue Heelers Seven Network 18 January 1994
28 July Wheel of Fortune Seven Network 21 July 1981
27 August Business Sunday Nine Network 2 March 1986
4 September You May Be Right Seven Network 13 August 2006
29 October 2006 Operatunity Oz ABC TV 8 October 2006
26 November Sportsworld Seven Network 1987
9 December Head 2 Head ABC TV 18 February 2006
20 December In the Box Network Ten 21 December 1998

TV movies[edit]

References[edit]

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