Grant Denyer wins Gold at TV Week Logies, as Stan wins first awards

Grant Denyer has won the award for being the most popular personality on Australian television, the TV Week Gold Logie.

Denyer’s win comes despite Ten axing the game show he has fronted for four years, Family Feud

Denyer: Survey says ‘Gold’

“Game shows aren’t important, but this is so important to me,” Denyer said in his acceptance speech, noting Family Feud “saved” him at a time when he was down and out.

Host of ABC’s Hard Quiz and Hard Chat, Tom Gleeson, recently got behind Denyer’s campaign for Gold.

Despite a tough year in the ratings, which occasionally saw it dip below national broadcaster ABC in audience share – and even sometimes below that of multicultural broadcaster SBS – the Gold Logie capped off a big night for Ten, with the network taking home eight awards, well ahead of host broadcaster Nine’s three.

Ten’s haul of eight awards, and Nine’s pool of three, is on par with last year’s takings.

Seven’s declining success at the Logies continued, with the network pulling just one award for Home & Away stalwart Ray Meagher, who took home Most Popular Actor.

The single award for Seven was down from last year’s haul of four and the seven wins it had in 2016.

Earlier in the evening, host Dave Hughes – who last year took aim at the scandal surrounding CEO Tim Worner’s extra-marital affair  – joked with the audience about Seven’s poor showing at the event, suggesting the network borrow money from Sunrise’s Cash Cow to send more people to the ceremony.

The night was more of a success for subscription television service Foxtel and subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, Stan.

Foxtel had four awards, with its standout performer Wentworth winning awards for both Most Popular and Most Outstanding Drama.

Stan, the joint venture between Fairfax and Nine which officially launched in the market on Australia Day in 2015 and now boasts in excess of 1m ‘active’ subscribers, also joined the fold of Logies winners.

The Stan Original Romper Stomper won two awards, Most Outstanding Mini-Series or Telemovie, as well as Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Jacqueline McKenzie.

McKenzie also starred in SBS’ Safe Harbour drama, which gifted the broadcaster two awards.

The ABC won four awards for programs including War on Waste and Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Dilruk Jayasinha, who starred in both the ABC’s Utopia and Ten’s Cram, won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent.

Nine’s awards included The Block taking home Most Popular Reality Program and 60 Minutes being indicted into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.

Jessica Marais, from Nine’s Love Child and Ten’s The Wrong Girl, won Most Popular Actress.

National Indigenous Television – NITV – also won a Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Program for Little J & Big Cuz.

Last year’s broadcast of the 59th Annual TV Week Logie Awards had 972,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings, down on 2016’s 1.119m, but up from previous years including 2015’s 971,000 and the 962,000 who tuned in to 2014’s telecast.

2013’s Logies had 1.093m metro viewers.

The winners of the 60th Annual TV Week Logie Awards 

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent: Dilruk Jayasinha, Utopia (ABC)/ Cram (Ten)
Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program: War on Waste
Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report: The Siege, Four Corners
Most Outstanding Actor: Hugo Weaving, Seven Types of Ambiguity

Most Popular Actor: Ray Meagher (Home & Away)

Most Popular Reality Program: The Block
Most Popular Actress: Jessica Marais, Love Child (Nine)/ The Wrong Girl (Ten)
TV Week Logies Hall of Fame: 60 Minutes

Most Popular Actress: Jessica Marais, The Wrong Girl (Ten)/ Love Child (Nine)
Most Popular Presenter: Grant Denyer, Family Feud
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: Bathurst 1000
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent: Dilruk Jayasinha, Cram (Ten)/ Utopia (ABC)
Most Popular Comedy Program: Have You Been Paying Attention?
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: The Living Room
Most Popular Entertainment Program: Gogglebox Australia (Lifestyle, Foxtel & Ten)
TV Week Gold Logie Award: Grant Denyer, Family Feud

Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Hazem Shammas, Safe Harbour
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jacqueline McKenzie, Safe Harbour (SBS)/ Romper Stomper (Stan)

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Little J & Big Cuz

Most Popular Drama Program: Wentworth, Showcase
Most Popular Entertainment Program: Gogglebox Australia, Lifestyle (& Ten)
Most Outstanding Drama Series: Wentworth, Showcase
Most Outstanding Actress: Pamela Rabe, Wentworth, Showcase

Most Outstanding Mini-Series or Telemovie: Romper Stomper
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jacqueline McKenzie, Romper Stomper (Stan) / Safe Harbour (SBS)


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