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]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Garth Marenghi's Darkplace SBS TV 30 January
United States Prison Break Seven Network 1 February
United States Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Nine Network 5 February
Japan One Piece (4Kids version) Network Ten 13 February
Japan Mew Mew Power Network Ten 13 February
United Kingdom Doc Martin [13] ABC TV 18 February
United Kingdom Roobarb and Custard Too ABC TV 20 February
France The Gnoufs ABC TV 20 February
United States The Buzz on Maggie Seven Network 25 February
United States / Canada Pinky Dinky Doo ABC TV 27 February
Belgium A Town Called Panic ABC TV 28 February
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
United Kingdom Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet ABC2 6 March
Canada Lunar Jim ABC TV 14 March
Japan Samurai Champloo SBS TV 23 March
United States Bratz Network Ten 31 March
Worst Week of My Life, TheUnited Kingdom The Worst Week of My Life [14] ABC TV 5 April
United Kingdom Help! I'm a Teenage Outlaw ABC TV 11 April
Canada Class of the Titans ABC TV 18 April
United States / Canada Gerald McBoing-Boing ABC TV 1 May
France A.T.O.M. Seven Network 20 May
United Kingdom Dr. Dog ABC TV 23 May
Canada/New Zealand Jane and the Dragon ABC TV 25 May
Spain / South Korea Bernard ABC TV 25 May
United States All Grown Up! Network Ten 13 June
United States The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss ABC2 15 June
United States My Life as a Teenage Robot Network Ten 7 July
United Kingdom Bleak House [15] ABC TV 9 July
Brazil City of Men SBS TV 17 July
United States The Emperor's New School Seven Network 22 July
United States Dora the Explorer Nine Network 23 July
United Kingdom / Canada Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs ABC TV 31 July
Japan Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Network Ten 15 August
United States Avatar: The Last Airbender ABC TV 24 August
Canada Naughty, Naughty Pets ABC TV 29 August
United States Princess Natasha ABC TV 29 August
Canada / France Miss BG ABC TV 5 September
United States Stuart Little: The Animated Series Network Ten 9 September
Sensitive SkinUnited Kingdom Sensitive Skin [16][17] ABC TV 15 September
United States Jericho Network Ten 21 September
United States The Batman Nine Network 23 September
IT Crowd, TheUnited Kingdom The IT Crowd[18] ABC TV 27 September
United Kingdom The Secret Show ABC TV 5 October
Canada Time Warp Trio ABC TV 6 October
United States Biker Mice from Mars (2006) Network Ten 13 October
Australia/New Zealand Staines Down Drains Seven Network 22 October
United States Curious George ABC TV 23 October
United States The Unit Seven Network 25 October
United Kingdom Those Scurvy Rascals ABC TV 30 October
France Code Lyoko Network Ten 1 November
United States/Canada PollyWorld Seven Network 12 November
United Kingdom Little Princess ABC TV 13 November
France Louie ABC TV 22 November
Belgium Russian Dolls: Sex Trade SBS TV 2 December
United Kingdom Wild at Heart[19] Network Ten 3 December
New Zealand SCU: Serious Crash Unit Seven Network 5 December
United States Life As We Know It Seven Network 5 December
United Kingdom Top Gear SBS TV 12 December
Australia/Canada Erky Perky Seven Network 26 December
United States The New Adventures of Old Christine Nine Network 2006

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
United Kingdom/Canada/United States Anthony Ant ABC2 ABC Kids (digital only) 4 June
Canada/Australia Yakkity Yak ABC TV Network Ten 13 September
United States/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]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
21 January headLand Seven Network 15 November 2005
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
21 October 2006 Midnight Zoo Seven Network 31 July 2006
29 October 2006 Operatunity Oz ABC TV 8 October 2006
26 November Sportsworld Seven Network 1987
29 November The Glass House ABC TV 10 August 2001
9 December Head 2 Head ABC TV 18 February 2006
20 December In the Box Network Ten 21 December 1998
27 December 2006 An Aussie Goes Barmy FOX8 29 November 2006

TV movies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Doc Martin – ABC TV Guide
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  15. ^ Bleak House – ABC TV Guide
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  18. ^ The IT Crowd – ABC TV Guide
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