Australian Survivor has taken out two awards in the reader-voted TV Tonight Awards for 2016.
It picked up Best New Show (Australian) and romped it in for Best Australian Reality Show. It follows enthusiastic social media for the TEN show and sets it up for likely Logie nominations this year.
Host Jonathan LaPaglia said, “When the producers approached me about hosting Australian Survivor they said they were going to make it bigger and better than the US.
“I thought to myself ‘These guys seem like nice guys but boy are they deluded! How they hell do they think they can pull that off when the US has 4 times the budget, double the crew and 16 years experience?!’
“But you know what? They actually did it, they knocked it out of the park! Hats off to ESA, TEN and the inexhaustible crew for pulling off the impossible.
“And thanks to all the TV Tonight readers who recognised that and voted. The tribe has spoken.”
For the second year running Wentworth dominated in the Best Aussie Drama category -an impressive feat given it is a Pay TV title.
Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth) said, “What a fabulous start to the year, thank you to all our devoted viewers and their continuous support, it means so much to all the cast and crew. Keep watching, there is so much more to come in season 5.”
Other winners included Please Like Me, Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Project, Studio 10 and Q&A.
This year the wins saw only minimal change from those announced 12 months ago.
But enduring winner Shaun Micallef has reclaimed his title as Favourite Male over Waleed Aly, while Carrie Bickmore wins Favourite Female for the 2nd year running. Sam Pang has risen to the top in the Most Underrated Performer.
In the international categories winners include Game of Thrones, The Crown, Survivor and The Big Bang Theory. Readers also agreed Celebrity Apprentice‘s Donald Trump presidential victory was The Story of the Year.
ABC has again been voted Best Free to Air Network.
There were 443 votes this year.
*denotes runaway winner
Best Aussie Drama: Wentworth*
A Place to Call Home
Best Aussie Comedy: Please Like Me
Upper Middle Bogan
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
Best International Drama: Game of Thrones
(2015: Game of Thrones)
Best International Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine Nine
(2015: The Big Bang Theory)
Best Light Entertainment: Have You Been Paying Attention?*
(2015: Have You Been Paying Attention?)
Best Morning Show: Studio 10
ABC News Breakfast
(2015: Studio 10)
Best Reality Show (Australian): Australian Survivor*
My Kitchen Rules
(2015: Australian MasterChef)
Best Reality Show (International): Survivor*
The Amazing Race
First Dates UK
The Great British Bake Off
Best Lifestyle: The Living Room*
Selling Houses Australia
Better Homes and Gardens
Grand Designs Australia
(2015: The Living Room)
Best Factual / Documentary / Observational: Gogglebox
RBT / Highway Patrol (tie)
(2015: The Killing Season)
Best News / Current / Public Affairs: The Project
Best Talk Show: Q&A*
Best Kid’s Show: Play School
Tomorrow When the War Began
(2015: Play School)
Best Sports Show or Coverage: AFL Grand Final
Big Bash League
AFL 360 / Australian Open
(2015: AFL Grand Final)
Best New Show (Australian): Australian Survivor
The Wrong Girl
Best New Show (International:) The Crown
The Night Of
Favourite Male: Shaun Micallef
(2015: Waleed Aly)
Favourite Female: Carrie Bickmore
(2015: Carrie Bickmore)
Most Underrated Performer: Sam Pang
(2015: Waleed Aly)
International Show We Need to see on Australian TV: This is Us
The Man in the High Castle
The Grand Tour
(2015: Agent Carter)
The Story of the Year: Donald Trump, former reality star, becomes US President*
60 Minutes Lebanon debacle
50 Years of Play School
Regional affiliates switch networks
(2015: Netflix arrives in Australia)
Best Subscription Channel: Showcase*
Best Multichannel: ABC2
ABC News 24
Best Subscription Streaming Service: Netflix*
Best Free to Air Network: ABC
Tomorrow: Worst of 2016