Late List

“7:30 means 7:30 not 7:38!”

Tired of your favourite TV show starting late? Now you can name and shame them.

TV Tonight‘s Late List will use crowd-sourcing to detail the shows and the networks that never stick to the clock.

Just enter the information into the fields below with as much info as possible.

In the section marked “Advertised Time” you should complete at least ONE field:

  • the time it was advertised in an on-screen Electronic Program Guide
  • the time it was published in a Print guide such as newspaper or magazine
  • the time it was listed in an Online guide (website / App)
  • or the time you saw it advertised in a Promo that ran on the network itself.

This info will be tallied for results which will be published later.

Once you have submitted an entry, you are also invited to leave a Comment below.

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115 Comments »

  1. Craig April 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm -

    The Project is making a habit of running long, tonight by about 10 minutes! But heck they have the ladies from The Other Woman on so I can forgive them.

  2. jimbo k April 11, 2014 at 12:19 am -

    The NRL Footy Show has never finished on time since this Late List began on this site. Sadly, I haven’t put in many entries regarding this.

    aka – I want to watch the AFL Footy Show on the scheduled time. Instead, I have to watch some “filler” Nine puts in between shows to finish (NRL Show usually runs over by 15 to 30 minutes week-in-week-out).

    Watching the AFL Footy Show after midnight is too late here in Sydney, and rarely watch it through to the end because of the overrun of the NRL version.

    I understand reality finales running late, but not a weekly sports program that has been running for 21 years now.

    (ps – sorry for this “mini-rant”)

  3. Maev....Sydney April 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm -

    Hmmm…..my issue is The Project finishing late.

  4. unclepete March 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm -

    WTH Ten?

    According to my recording of Psych today you started at 2:35PM? 35 mins late. Really?

    I mean, I know that old episodes of Masterchef are important, and your programmer described recently how reality shows run overtime if something “exceptional” happens, but surely you can work out if something exceptional has happened within a year or so? ;)

  5. Craig March 17, 2014 at 8:15 am -

    Dame ch9, Fat Tony started way late and even though I added 15 minutes to the 9:45 end time it didn’t end until some time after 10pm.

  6. andrewb March 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm -

    Starting a show early is so much worse then late.

  7. Shoudy Chen January 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm -

    David, I accidentally place nine News Sunday as 7am instead of 7PM as noticed on EPG. Could you please correct the error I made?

  8. Shoudy Chen January 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm -

    Channel TEN has started The Project more than 10 minutes late following the conclusion of the Big Bash League for Perth viewers. Channel TEN would be shamed for The Project starting more than 10 minutes late.

  9. tomothyd December 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm -

    1hr 10mins late for Homes Under the Hammer on 7Two last night! They had plenty of time to update the EPG knowing whatever was on before will be running late. Missed the majority of the show on the PVR.

  10. nik c December 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm -

    Ch9 are disgusting! It is summer and the Mentalist was over 30 minutes late on the Gold Coast! I only allowed for 15 minutes, not 30!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Rayne December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am -

    @The Last Post: That was because the cricket went until 6.30pm. Nine should have known that and updated their EPG much earlier than they did or alternatively switched it over to GEM which they used to do but don’t seem to be doing now.

  12. The Last Post December 8, 2013 at 7:35 am -

    Channel 9 just can’t be bettered for their late starts.
    .
    Last Thursday (Dec 5) – Person of Interest.

    Advertised starting time: 8.30pm.

    Actual starting time – 9.16pm.

    This must be some kind of record???

  13. mc October 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm -

    @Anthony, G-Code was just a convenient way of telling VCRs when the scheduled start and end time of a program was. A VCR may have included a buffer added to what it was told, but the code itself was no more accurate than the start and end times otherwise advertised.

  14. poss October 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm -

    Wow …..thanks Flash!

    I agree 10 are pretty good compared with 7 …….. which is probably why i didn’t bother adding +20…..

    Live and learn!

  15. David Knox October 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm -

    There are usually overruns, you should always allow for extra time on PVRs. But data indicates TEN is not the worst offender.

  16. poss October 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm -

    David…….. i tried watching Elementary last night but the end was missing ……. i would say at least 3 to 4 mins anyway!

    My problem is 10 changed there Epg to 8.34 and when i started playback it started bang on time my problem is the last 3 to 4 mins was missing?

    Are they coding there next programme incorrectly?

  17. 2paw September 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm -

    Blacklist started 16 minutes (and 21 seconds) later than the advertised time. Luckily I added 45 minutes to the end of the advertised finishing time.

  18. poss September 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm -

    @craig funnily enough i have foxtel and recorded power games for hubby and he only just got around to watching them. Both episodes started and finished on time!

  19. Craig September 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm -

    Damn Ch9 again with a late starting show, this time The Amazing 80′s, started over 20 minutes late, so my PVR cut off the ending!

    Will Ch9 be encoring the show in the near future?

  20. Craig September 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm -

    Power Games – the re-run or ‘encore’ as they like to call it started about 22 minutes late! Hope I added enough this time to catch the end, around 12:30am!

  21. Nate September 10, 2013 at 12:56 am -

    Being early is just as annoying as being late – missed the first 5 minutes of Robot Chicken because they evidently started 5 minutes earlier than Foxtel’s EPG said. Given the amount of ads on Foxtel (4-5mins per break on some channels) I’m not sure how it is even possible to get that far ahead.

  22. Tracy September 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm -

    Is anybody else have major issues with the EPG on their Digital Satellite PVRs? Ours was nearly totally blank yesterday and this morning wasn’t much better. Wouldn’t find any specific shows and so couldn’t set forward recordings – very frustrating!

  23. Craig September 9, 2013 at 6:41 am -

    Damn ch9! watching other stuff so I set up the PVR for Power Games, added 10 min to the end but it still missed the final segment. Luckily this time they are re-running it Friday night.

  24. David Knox September 6, 2013 at 10:30 am -

    Ok I will take note.

  25. glennc September 6, 2013 at 10:22 am -

    I posted a couple of entries last night but I put the wrong date (04/09 instead of 05/09). Do I need to refile them?

  26. David Knox August 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm -

    There was breaking news last night with AFL news. I think everyone took it.

  27. CathyC August 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm -

    oooh …. so annoyed! It is time to go … Big Brother – Great Australian Bake Off started 14 mins late last night – even though I added an extra 10 mins on to TIVO, I still lost the end of GABO – Not Happy Jan!

  28. Bazza July 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm -

    @Anthony
    You might be thinking of VCRs?

    There is actually information in the digital TV stream called the CRID. Amongst other things, this shows the *exact* start and end times of all programs within the DVB stream. Unfortunately, the Freeview consortium will not let any FTA PVR manufacturers utilise this data in Australia. This is counter to the practice in almost every other country on Earth.

    There are some PVRs that can make use of the CRID. The old Topfields had a firmware patch available that would let you show and use the CRIDs for various purposes. All you needed was a TAP written to exploit the data. As the main developers for these were (at the time) in the UK, local restrictions were of no consequence.

  29. Anthony July 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm -

    Wasn’t there a time when a show had a sort of QI Code on the screen, and that was when the EPG started recording??

  30. Bazza July 18, 2013 at 6:56 am -

    what Nik C said…

    The most annoying aspect is that the ABC is now one of the worst offenders, where for many years, right up to only a matter of months ago, you could (by and large) set your watch by their EPG.

    We’re not talking small discrepancies either, a number of times I’ve seen QI start 6 or 7 minutes late and the late screening of Wonders Of Life last week was a full 10 minutes late. That’s with an EIT updated less than a couple of hours beforehand.

  31. nik c June 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm -

    There are so many shows starting late. I use my EPG and then take note, but I wonder what is the point when nothing is changing :(

  32. JB May 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm -

    So Footy Classified tonight. Scheduled for 10.30. EPG was updated to 10.43. It started at 10.59. Channel Nine you suck. Seriously free to air tv in this country is an absolute joke that this is allowed to happen, and that the networks think it’s ok.

    And can this please shut up those people that argue as long as the EPG is updated, then starting late is ok. Even when the EPG is updated, it starts more than 15 minutes after the updated time.

  33. David Knox May 15, 2013 at 8:56 am -

    Brian Mannix.

  34. Sharpy May 15, 2013 at 1:55 am -

    Would like to know who was fired on last nights Celebrity Apprentice, but The Voice ran over 30 minutes!

  35. Bazza May 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm -

    Nice of Nine to not only run 2.5 Men and Anger Management well over 20 minutes late last night, but they tried to hide their crime by adjusting the EPG an hour or two beforehand.

    Nine, the EPG is supposed to be accurate 7 days in advance. We live with barely one day of accuracy because we have little choice, but now you’re just insulting our intelligence.

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