TV Tonight Awards 2014: ABC, TEN top winners list.

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ABC and TEN have dominated the 8th annual TV Tonight Awards, as voted by readers.

ABC won Best Free to Air Network and ELEVEN took best multichannel with both networks securing a slew of category wins for individual shows.

Offspring was voted Best Aussie Drama once again while Asher Keddie won the Favourite Female for the fifth year in a row.

The unbeatable Shaun Micallef clocks up six wins as Favourite Male despite a strong social media campaign by Please Like Me fans for Josh Thomas -but the latter did win the Comedy title.

Micallef thanked readers for their undying support.

“I’ve always felt that awards are meaningless baubles; trite and inconsequential and, frankly, insultingly gauche – but when I receive one, they somehow become very special and real indications that the quality of one’s work has been genuinely appreciated by a discerning majority of right thinking people,” he said.

“This is particularly so of the TV Tonight Award, which I have been fortunate enough to have received several times and for which I congratulate the TV Tonight Readership (now 8 years old; exactly my demographic) on their good taste.

“This award is much better than a Logie because I don’t actually have to turn up to some dreary, tedious, poorly hosted ceremony and collect it (and I’m not saying that ‘cos Housos won last year and we weren’t even freaking nominated).

“Thank you TV Tonight click-onners and thank you David Knox – or Knoxland, as the industry calls him (Ed: they do?) – for your support over the years.”

Wins for other networks were modest: Sunrise and the AFL Grand Final won for Seven, Fargo and First Contact for SBS and Survivor for Nine.

But while there were plenty of repeat winners in categories, Showcase has finally toppled FOX8 as Best Subscription channel.

There were 596 surveys completed this year.

Here are the first results with * denoting a runaway winner.

BEST AUSSIE DRAMA: Offspring*
The Code
Wentworth
A Place to Call Home
Puberty Blues
Party Tricks
(2013: Offspring)

BEST AUSSIE COMEDY: Please Like Me*
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
Upper Middle Bogan
Utopia
It’s a Date
The Moodys
(2013: Please Like Me / Upper Middle Bogan tie)

BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA: The Good Wife
Game of Thrones
Fargo
Homeland
True Detective
Downton Abbey
(2013: Breaking Bad)

BEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDY: Modern Family*
The Big Bang Theory
Veep
Parks and Recreation
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Orange is the New Black
(2013: Modern Family)

BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: The Project
Have You Been Paying Attention?
Family Feud
The Chaser’s Media Circus
Million Dollar Minute
The Checkout
(2013: The Project)

BEST MORNING PROGRAMME: Sunrise*
Studio 10
Today
ABC News Breakfast
The Morning Show
Insiders
(2014: Sunrise)

BEST REALITY SHOW (Aussie): MasterChef Australia*
My Kitchen Rules
The Block
The X Factor
Big Brother
The Bachelor
(2013: Big Brother)

BEST REALITY SHOW (International) Survivor*
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Britain’s Got Talent
So You Think You Can Dance
If You Are the One
(2013: Survivor)

BEST LIFESTYLE: The Living Room*
Better Homes and Gardens
Selling Houses Australia
Grand Designs Australia
Getaway
Gardening Australia
(2013: The Living Room)

BEST FACTUAL / DOCUMENTARY / OBSERVATIONAL: First Contact
Australian Story
Bondi Rescue
Gold Coast Cops
Border Security
Highway Patrol
(2013: Australian Story)

BEST NEWS / CURRENT / PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Four Corners
7:30
Sunday Night
Lateline
60 Minutes
ABC News
(2013: 7:30)

BEST TALK SHOW: Q & A*
The Project
Insight
Studio 10
The Drum
Insiders
(2013: Q & A)

BEST KID’S SHOW: Nowhere Boys
Play School
Giggle and Hoot
Totally Wild
Saturday Disney
Hi-5 House
(2013: Dance Academy)

BEST SPORTS SHOW OR COVERAGE: AFL Grand Final
Australian Open Tennis
The Footy Show (AFL)
The Footy Show (NRL)
Offsiders
AFL 360
(2013: Before the Game)

BEST NEW SHOW (Aussie): The Code
Party Tricks
Love Child
Utopia
Janet King
The Chaser’s Media Circus
(2013: A Place to Call Home)

BEST NEW SHOW (International): Fargo
True Detective
Madam Secretary
Gotham
Happy Valley
The Flash
(2013: The Blacklist)

FAVOURITE MALE: Shaun Micallef
Josh Thomas
Karl Stefanovic
Patrick Brammall
Scott Cam
Hamish Blake
(2013: Shaun Micallef)

FAVOURITE FEMALE: Asher Keddie*
Carrie Bickmore
Kat Stewart
Samantha Armytage
Marta Dusseldorp
Sonia Kruger / Amanda Keller
(2013: Asher Keddie)

MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMER: Kat Stewart
Josh Thomas
Shaun Micallef
Jackie Woodburne
Patrick Brammall
Sarah Harris
(20113: Kat Stewart)

BEST SUBSCRIPTION CHANNEL: Showcase
FOX8
LifeStyle
FOX Footy
SoHo
BBC First
(2013: FOX8)

BEST MULTICHANNEL: ELEVEN
ABC2
GO!
SBS 2
7TWO
7mate
(2013: ELEVEN)

BEST FREE TO AIR NETWORK: ABC*
TEN
Seven
Nine
SBS
(2013: ABC)

Tomorrow:
Worst Male
Worst Female
Most Overexposed Performer
Worst Show
Story of the Year
Blunder of the Year
International Show We Need to See on Aussie TV

15 Comments:

  1. Maev....Sydney

    I did not vote….I looked at the list and thought ..oh yes….wish I had voted for that….but remembering 5 minutes ago can be an issue sometimes *G*….so that is why I did not vote…really would have liked to..

  2. Well done to Masterchef. It was a great season and deserved to win.

    I love the results David thanks for all your efforts every day of the year!

  3. This is excellent news – even though not all the performers and TV shows I voted for won I quite agree with the outcomes stated here. Also re comedies by the FTA networks – every now and then Home and Away come out with some good comedic lines – especially Emily Symons who plays Marilyn, and I think she is a great example of a performer who is very under-used (and under-rated) by the show she is in.

  4. bettestreep2008

    Oh wow – a lot of the shows/performers I voted for won.

    Looks like there are 595 other people out there with the same good taste.

    Well done everyone.

  5. Fascinating as always David. And once again i find myself wishing that the ratings meters were exclusively in the hands of TV Tonight readers and their excellent taste…

  6. Asher Keddie won favourite female three years in a row. That was unbelievable.
    And I just want to see Julia Morris win the favourite female for the first time in 2015.

  7. Love this – TVT readers do have good taste. Also glad to see Masterchef’s getting back on track winning over MKR’s awful descent into selling gossip mags. Fargo and Survivor are deserved wins, too, though Wentworth deserved the win for being the best Aussie drama of recent years, not just 2014.

  8. I was going to make a comment about ABC cleaning up the Aussie comedy award. But then I thought about it, and wondered if the commercial networks actually made any comedy, other than A Current Affair.

  9. The ABC is the best for Australian comedies. It’s interesting that The Living Room keeps winning for Best Lifestyle. In the Logies it’s a different story as Better Homes and Gardens has taken out the TV Week awards for the past few years.
    Where is The Voice? In a season that had talent such as the quirky Kat Jade and amazing Anja Nissen I find it most strange that no-body voted for it. Come on Kylie was a judge.

  10. Shaun’s acceptance speech is exactly why we vote for him. I don’t think the magnificent Kat Stewart fits the under rated performer any more either.

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