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The year 2005 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 2005.

For the American TV schedule, see: 2005-06 United States network television schedule.


Date Event
January 1 The U.S. channel package PT East, originally created by the New York, New York, company PrimeTime 24, and used by satellite TV viewers where over-the-air TV is unavailable, changes its ABC station from WKRNmarker-TV (Nashville, Tennesseemarker) to WABC-TVmarker (New York, New Yorkmarker).
January 1 DirecTV drops the Trio channel from its lineup. The network loses two-thirds of its 20 million viewers, putting in doubt the future of the NBC Universal channel.
January 5 The 35th anniversary episode of All My Children airs on ABC. The special episode, which brought back former characters Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura) and Nick Davis (Larry Keith), was also unique in that it was the last appearance of ailing actress Ruth Warrick. She died less than two weeks after the episode aired.
January 8 CBS airs the first episode of The Will, a reality series. Ratings for the show are so low, it becomes one of only a handful of series in American TV history to be cancelled after only one episode. Later in 2005, FOX also cancels Who's Your Daddy?, another reality series, after a single episode.Jerry Springer: The Opera airs on BBC Two, despite protests from Christian Voice and other groups.
January 22 The Fox Box, FOX's Saturday morning programming owned by 4Kids Entertainment, is rebranded to 4Kids TV.
February 2 Paramount Television and UPN announce the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise. Soon after, fan efforts begin in order to save the show, climaxing in a campaign that raises more than $3 million (US) towards funding further production, an offer Paramount ultimately rejects.
February 6 American Dad! pilot episode airs on FOX following a new episode of The Simpsons after Super Bowl XXXIX
February 8 Teachers' TV, run by the Department for Education and Skills, launched on Sky Digital (channel 686) and Freeview.
February 18 EastEnders celebrates its twentieth anniversary on the air, airing a special episode in which Dirty Den Watts is killed by his new wife Chrissie. 14.34 million watch, the UK's second highest rated programme of 2005 (the first was an episode of Coronation Streetmarker three days later).
February 23 UKTV Style Gardens, a channel dedicated to gardening programmes, launched.
February 26 Sound TV, known pre-launch as The Great British Television Channel, launched on Sky Digital (588). It closed in the Autumn.
March 7 ABCmarker Australia launches its second TV station, available only to digital viewers, ABC2.
March 9 On the 24th anniversary of his debut at the anchor desk, Dan Rather retires as head anchor of the CBS Evening News and is succeeded by Bob Schieffer on an interim basis.
March 18 G4 airs the final episode of the former TechTV series The Screen Savers, the show is rebranded and debuts as Attack of the Show! the next week.
March 26 Nine years after its last new episode and sixteen years since its last regular run, Doctor Who returns to BBC1 for a new season, the twenty-seventh in total since 1963. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper star. An average 10.81 million viewers, over 40% of the watching audience, tune in, winning its timeslot and making it No. 3 BBC show and No. 7 across all channels for the week. The episode went on to become the UK's 6th highest rated programme of 2005. Within weeks of the broadcast of the first episode, the BBC commissions two further seasons of the series, while at the same time is forced to contend with a public relations issue when another branch of the BBC prematurely announces that Eccleston is leaving the program at the end of the current season.
March 30 As a test trial, the small Welsh towns of Ferrysidemarker and Llansteffanmarker have their analogue television signals switched off. The trial proved a success and the digital switchover fully began two and a half years later in Cumbriamarker.
April 1 ABC news anchor Peter Jennings anchors what will turn out to be his final World News Tonight telecast.
April 2 Digital channel BBC Four broadcasts a live re-make of the famous 1953 science-fiction drama The Quatermass Experiment. The production is the first live drama broadcast by the BBC for over twenty years, and draws BBC Four's second highest audience to date, with an average of 482,000 viewers.
April 5 The North American premiere of the new Doctor Who series occurs on the CBC in Canada, the first channel outside of BBC One in the UK to air the new show.
April 5 Peter Jennings informs viewers of World News Tonight, via a taped segment that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is beginning chemotherapy. He dies in August 2005.
April 7 Selena ¡VIVE! was held on April 7, 2005 at Reliant Stadiummarker in Houston, Texas. Selena ¡VIVE! was a tribute concert held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Tejano Star, Selena's death which occurred on March 31, 1995. which drew over 42 million viewers that went down in history as most watched Spanish Speaking Lanugage television show to be viwed, not even an English Speaking television show has had that response to this day it hasn't been beaten.
April 8 12.9 million viewers watched Ken Barlow tie the knot with Deirdre Rachid on Coronation Streetmarker, one day before Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles (8.7 million viewers watched). The scheduling move echoed Ken and Deirdre's first marriage, which occurred two days before Charles's nuptials to Diana, Princess of Wales, and which also beat the Royal wedding in the television ratings (see 1981 in television).
April 12 Canadian LGBT channel PrideVision is rebranded as OUTtv and launches a new adult channel called HARD on PrideVision.
May 1 Family Guy returns on FOX after three years off the schedule. This return was brought about after the unexpected popularity of the series' cable reruns and DVD releases.
May 2 Hunter Tylo returns to The Bold and the Beautiful after her character, Dr. Taylor Forrester, was "killed off" three years ago. The revelation that she was alive shocked many viewers and publications as it had not been hinted by any other sources, print or online.
May 13 The controversial final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise airs in the United States, bringing to a close an 18-year, uninterrupted run of four consecutive or concurrent Star Trek series dating back to 1987.
May 25 Carrie Underwood wins the fourth season of the popular singing competition, American Idol.
June 18 Christopher Eccleston's final episode of the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who, 'The Parting of the Ways', is broadcast on BBC One. David Tennant becomes the Tenth Doctor in the same episode.
June 23 Live Roulette TV, an interactive gaming show, launches on Sky digital in the United Kingdom.
June 25 The Girl in the Café, a comedy-drama by Richard Curtis made as part of the global Make Poverty History campaign, is shown by both BBC One in the United Kingdom and HBO in the United States on the same day.
June 26 Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley, dies from pneumonia, at the age of 61.
June 30 LOGO, a TV channel aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults, is launched in the United States.
June 30 MTV Canada and MTV2 cease to broadcast in Canada; owner CHUM Limitedmarker rebrands them as Razer and PunchMuchmarker.
July 1 The PAX network rebrands itself as i.
July 8 Home and Away celebrates 4000 episodes with the return of many former cast members for Alf Stewart's 60th birthday party
July 17 After forty-one years broadcasting on BBC One, music show Top of the Pops is switched to the less mainstream BBC Two channel due to declining audiences. This is not enough to save it, and it is axed the following year.
July 22 The WB abandons its mascot, Michigan j frog. The chief of programming david janollari said that "the mascot perpetuated the teen feel of the network. and that is not the image we want to put out to our audience"
July 27 Neighbours celebrates its twentieth anniversary on air with a special episode featuring video messages from a variety of departed characters.
August 1 Current TV, a 24-hour youth-oriented news channel owned by the former U.S. vice president Al Gore, is launched.
August 7 ABC's acclaimed newsanchor Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer. He is succeeded by Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas on World News Tonight.
August 29 Hurricane Katrina strikes the Greater New Orleans area, causing major disruption of the region's television broadcasts. Local television news programs relocate to other cities in order to cover the story, though most are knocked off the air by the storm; some continue to broadcast reports over the Internet.
September 2 While presenting on the NBC Concert for Hurricane Relief, music producer and rapper Kanye West strayed from his script and addressed what he perceived as the racism of both the government and of the media, stating: "George Bush doesn't care about black people", and called for the media to stop labelling African-American families as "looters" while white families were depicted as "looking for food."
September 8 Faze TV, a British digital channel aimed at gay men, cancels its launch after failing to secure sufficient funding to deliver "sufficient quality." [92408]
September 10 Naruto marks its North American television debut for the first time on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
September 18 The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out at the Shrine Auditoriummarker on CBS.
September 20 Maggie Ausburn is crowned the winner of the American version of Big Brother 6, and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Ivette Corredero wins $50,000.
September 23 Nicktoons rebranded itself as Nicktoons Network.
September 26 No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan, receives its broadcast premiere on BBC Two in the UK, under the Arena banner.
September 28 ITV celebrates its 50th anniversary with a collection of special programmes, under the name ITV50.
October 1 NBC's Saturday Night Live begins broadcasting in HDTV.
October 10 More4, a digital channel from Channel 4 offering factual content, launches.
October 20 Neon Genesis Evangelion debuts for the first time on US network TV on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block.
October 22 Tina Fey returns from maternity leave to resume her duties on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update skit.
October 24 Sky News moves to new studios, with a new schedule and on-air look.
October 25 The relaunched Doctor Who is the major winner at the annual National Television Awards in the UK, taking the Most Popular Drama award, with its stars Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper winning Most Popular Actor and Most Popular actress.
October 30 A S$7 million co-production movie between Germany and Singaporemarker, House of Harmony, a lavish period drama based on a Barbara Wood novel, premiered on Germany's ZDF channel. Starring Singaporemarker's Fann Wong, Hong Kong's Maggie Q and Germany's Philippe Brenninkmeyer and Daniel Morgenroth, the telemovie was telecast on primetime to a viewership of more than seven million.
October 31 Sky Three is launched on British digital terrestrial and satellite platforms. On the same day Sky Mix is rebranded as Sky Two. On the same day, Sky Travel ceases transmission on Freeview.
November 1 ITV4, a digital channel aimed at men, is launched in the UK. It is launched on Sky Digital Channel 120 on November 7.
November 7 BBC One broadcasts ShakespeaRe-Told, a series of four adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays based in 21st century Britain. The plays in order are Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
November 8 Days of our Lives celebrates its fortieth anniversary on the air.
November 18 BBC One broadcasts this year's annual Children in Need appeal. It contains several highlights, including Catherine Tate in EastEnders, the BBC Newsreaders performing "Bohemian Rhapsody", and a brand new Doctor Who adventure. The first to fully star David Tennant as the Doctor, the 7 minute episode directly follows on from "The Parting of the Ways" and leads into "The Christmas Invasion".
November 22 Ted Koppel steps down as host of ABC's Nightline after 25 years.
December 1 Oprah Winfrey appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, joining host David Letterman for the first time in sixteen years.
December 2 Knots Landing airs its special non-fiction show entitled, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.
December 7 Space Cadets is shown on Channel 4, a hoax reality TV show where the contestants believe they are in a space shuttle orbiting Earth, when in fact they are in a set in a disused aircraft hangar in Suffolk.
December 15 Sir Trevor McDonald makes his final ITN news broadcast after over 25 years. As a tribute, the closing theme tune for the News at Ten Thirty that night is replaced with the News at Ten theme used from 1992 to 1999, McDonald having presented the show during that time.
December 16 NBC Universal Global Networks launches Sci Fi Channel .
December 23 ITV News Channel closed. [92409]
December 25 BBC One airs the Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion".


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January 4 Committed on BBC.
January 6 Wickedly Perfect on CBS
January 9 Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon
January 13 Tilt on ESPN
January 16 Iron Chef America on Food Network
January 21 American Dragon: Jake Long on Disney Channel
January 14 Battlestar Galactica on SciFi
January 23 NUMB3RS on CBS
February 5 Power Rangers: S.P.D. on ABC
February 14 Kudlow & Company on CNBCmarker
February 16 The Apprentice on BBC Two
February 19 Mew Mew Power (Tokyo Mew Mew in Japan and the manga version) debuts on 4Kids TV
February 21 Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon
March Blind Justice on ABC
March 7 Fat Actress premieres on Showtime
March 11 Wonder Showzen premieres on MTV2
March 14 Mad Money on CNBCmarker
March 18 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on Disney Channel
March 24 The Office (US version) on NBC
March 26 Doctor Who Confidential, accompanying the revived Doctor Who, begins on BBC Three
March 27 Grey's Anatomy on ABC
March 28 Attack of the Show! on G4
April 1 The Eyes of Nye
April 12 Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel
May 1 American Dad! on Fox
May Kept, Game Show Moments Gone Bananas, BSTV, and Strip Search on VH1
May 30 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee on Cartoon Network
May 30 Fifi and the Flowertots on Five and Nick Jr
June Weeds on Showtime
June 2 Beauty and the Geek premieres on The WB
June 20 Wildfire premieres on ABC Family
July 2 Ultraman Max premieres on Chubu-Nippon Broadcastingmarker in Japan
July 6 Mind of Mencia premieres on Comedy Central
July 7 Big Brother 6 on CBS
July 8 Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network
July 9 Catscratch on BBC.
July 20 Criss Angel Mindfreak on A&E
July 20 So You Think You Can Dance on FOX
August 8 Roobarb and Custard Too on Five
August 13 Magical DoReMi on 4Kids TV
August 29 Prison Break on FOX
September 6 Go, Diego, Go! on Nickelodeon
September 10 G.I. Joe Sigma 6 starts airing on 4Kids TV
September 10 Naruto, (a popular anime series from Japan), makes its North American debut on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
September 12 Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet International
September 12 The Tyra Banks Show on Syndication before being dropped from the network before moving to CW Daytime in 2009, replaced by The Wendy Williams Show which hosted by Wendy Williams launched in 2008.
September 13 Supernatural on the WB
September 13 Bones on FOX
September 17 Johnny Test, Loonatics Unleashed and Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island on Kids' WB!
September 18 Life With Derek on Family Channel
September 19 How I Met Your Mother on CBS
September 19 Surface on NBC
September 20 Tittybangbang on BBC Three
September 20 My Name Is Earl on NBC
September 21 Britain's Next Top Model on Living
September 22 Criminal Minds on CBS
September 22 Everybody Hates Chris on UPN
September 23 Ghost Whisperer on CBS
September 24 Afterlife on ITV1 in the UK. However, despite being a British series, it had actually had its world premiere some weeks earlier on Australia's ABC network.
September 27 Commander in Chief on ABC
October 5 Freddie on ABC
October 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, a spin-off to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, debuts on Cartoon Network
October 17 The Colbert Report, a spin-off from The Daily Show, debuts on Comedy Central.
October 18 Da Vinci's City Hall, a sequel to Da Vinci's Inquest, premieres on CBC
October 27 Bleak House (UK), a 15-episode adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name designed to capture a soap opera-style audience by using Dickens's original serial structure in half-hour episodes, debuts on BBC One.
October 30 House of Harmony, also known as Das Haus Der Harmonie (German), debuted on Germany's ZDF channel to a primetime viewership of over seven million viewers. It starred Singaporean actress Fann Wong (of Shanghai Knights fame) and Germany-based English actor Philippe Brenninkmeyer
October 31 The UK version of Deal or No Deal on Channel 4, relaunching the career of Noel Edmonds and bringing the channel a surprise daytime hit.
November 2 South of Nowhere on The N
November 5 IGPX, the first Toonami original series, debuts on Cartoon Network .
November 6 The Boondocks, based on the popular yet controversial American comic strip, debuts on Cartoon Network .
November 25 The X's on Nickelodeon
December 6 Madden Nation on ESPN2
December 19 The U.S. version of Deal or No Deal debuts on NBC as a week-long event. It returned for another week on February 27, 2006 before running a weekly shift that currently runs 3 nights a week.
December 26 My Gym Partner's a Monkey on Cartoon Network.
December 27 Ben 10 on Cartoon Network.


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Returning in 2005

  • Family Guy (1999-2002, 2005-present).
  • Doctor Who (UK) (1963-1989, 2005-present).
  • Kojak (1973-1978, 2005-present).
  • Dragonball Z (1996-2003, Uncut premieres, June 2005-October 2005). (Still airs reruns on Cartoon Network's Toonami).

Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 23 Da Vinci's Inquest 1998
February 5 Living with Lydia 2001
February 11 Kudlow & Cramer 2002
February 28 ¡Mucha Lucha! 2002
March 1 NYPD Blue 1993
March 11 Bullseye 2003
March 11 Tru Calling 2003
March 11 Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003
March 18 The Screen Savers 1998
March 21 The Osbournes 2002
March 25 The Powerpuff Girls 1998
March 27 Carnivàle 2003
March 30 American Dreams 2002
April 15 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter 2002
April 15 Krystala 2004
April 22 Joan of Arcadia 2003
April 26 Megas XLR 2004
April 29 JAG 1995
May 3 Jack & Bobby 2004
May 3 Judging Amy 1999
May 6 Third Watch 1999
May 13 Andromeda 2000
May 13 Star Trek: Enterprise 2001
May 16 Everybody Loves Raymond 1996
May 27 U-Pick Live 2002
June Blind Justice 2005
June 25 Ultraman Nexus (Japan) 2004
July 1 Train 48 2003
July 1 Studio Disney UK 1996
July 8 Jackie Chan Adventures 2000
July 12 Cutting It (UK) 2002
July 18 Summerland 2004
August 21 Six Feet Under 2001
August 27 Braceface 2001
September 2 60 Minutes II 1999
September 3 Shaman King 2003
October 22 All That 1994
November 14 Power Rangers: S.P.D. 2005
December 24 Little Britain 2003
December 30 Family Affairs (UK) 1997
Unknown Superstars (UK) 2003

Changes of Network Affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
National Geographic Explorer MSNBC National Geographic Channel
Project Greenlight HBO Bravo
Trisha ITV Five
Wildboyz MTV MTV2
WWE RAW Spike TV USA Network
Family Guy (UK terrestrial rights) Channel 4 BBC2
The Journal Editorial Report PBS Fox News Channel


Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
January 2 Cyril Fletcher 91 British comedian (That's Life!)
January 18 Lamont Bentley 31 American actor (Moesha and The Parkers)
January 23 Johnny Carson 79 American comedian, host of The Tonight Show for 30 years.
March 10 Dave Allen 68 Irish comedian, host of solo shows on BBC1 and ITV.
March 25 Paul Henning 93 producer (The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres)
April 5 Debralee Scott 52 actress, game show panelist (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Match Game)
April 26 Mason Adams 86 actor (Lou Grant)
May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft 91 actor, TV's Tony the Tiger of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials.
May 26 Eddie Albert 99 actor (Green Acres)
June 24 Paul Winchell 82 actor (The Smurfs, Wacky Races, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
June 25 John Fiedler 80 actor (The Bob Newhart Show, Buffalo Bill, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
June 26 Richard Whiteley 61 presenter, host of Countdown.
July 11 Gretchen Franklin 94 actress.
July 20 James Doohan 85 actor (Scotty on the original Star Trek)
August 7 Peter Jennings 67 ABC news anchor
August 8 Barbara Bel Geddes 82 actress (Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Southworth Ewing Farlow on Dallas), of lung cancer
August 9 Kay Tremblay 91 actress (Road to Avonlea)
August 23 Brock Peters 78 actor.
September 2 Bob Denver 70 actor (Gilligan's Island, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)
September 25 Don Adams 82 actor (Get Smart, Tennessee Tuxedo, and Inspector Gadget)
October 2 Nipsey Russell 87 actor/comedian.
October 3 Ronnie Barker 76 comedian, half of The Two Ronnies
October 5 Ray Bumatai 53 actor
October 7 Charles Rocket 56 actor (Saturday Night Live)
October 31 Mary Wimbush 81 actress (Poldark, Jeeves and Wooster, Century Falls)
November 13 Eddie Guerrero 38 professional wrestler and star of WWE Smackdown
November 24 Pat Morita 72 Japanese-American actor (Sanford and Son, Happy Days, Ohara)
November 29 Wendie Jo Sperber 47 actress (Babes, Bosom Buddies)
December 16 John Spencer 58 actor (The West Wing, L.A. Law)


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