Let’s go beyond the glitz and glamour and all the headline grabbers for an offbeat look at the winners and losers of 2018 in Australian TV.

Winners

Insiders on the ABC on Sunday mornings with Barrie Cassidy as host of the year. Audience was up around 5% when all other news and current affairs programs lost ground in 2018. Barrie has sent thank you cards to the Liberal Party factions (T. Abbott, M. Turnbull, S. Morrison, E. Abetz et al) because it has been the party’s self-destruction this year that has pushed audience figures to the point that the program has been a top finisher on Sundays, with figures regularly over 600,000, and over 700,000. Numbers Ten’s Sunday and weekday editions of The Project can now only aspire to.