Logies boss hints at changing the voting system for awards Most Popular categories

Major changes could be on the horizon for the Logies, after Channel Nine failed to win a single award and Married At First Sight lost out in the ‘Most Popular Reality Program’ category despite its monster ratings.

TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate hinted during an interview with Mediaweek that these shock results could lead to changes in how votes are cast in the ‘Most Popular’ categories. 

Mr Woodgate said it was ‘surprising’ that shows like MAFS and Home and Away, which have huge followings, failed to win enough votes through the current system. 

Revamp: Major changes could be on the horizon for the Logies, after Married At First Sight lost out in the 'Most Popular Reality Program' category despite its monster ratings. Pictured: MAFS participants Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis at the Logie Awards on Sunday night

Revamp: Major changes could be on the horizon for the Logies, after Married At First Sight lost out in the 'Most Popular Reality Program' category despite its monster ratings. Pictured: MAFS participants Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis at the Logie Awards on Sunday night

Revamp: Major changes could be on the horizon for the Logies, after Married At First Sight lost out in the ‘Most Popular Reality Program’ category despite its monster ratings. Pictured: MAFS participants Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis at the Logie Awards on Sunday night

Instead, he pointed out that successful ratings do not guarantee a Logie, as the categories have instead become a ‘popularity contest’. 

‘Quite frankly it’s surprising… Married at First Sight, The Block, My Kitchen Rules, Home and Away are all solid raters,’ Woodgate told the publication. 

‘It’s surprising if you think that Married at First Sight was getting an average of 1.4m or 1.5m a night – that would be a healthy voting base,’ he added, pointing out that MAFS viewers would presumably be ‘highly engaged’ online. 

Logies shake up? Woodgate teased that there is 'potential' for the voting system to change in order to reflect high-rating shows, but nothing has yet been confirmed. Pictured Tom Gleeson with his 2019 Gold Logie

Logies shake up? Woodgate teased that there is 'potential' for the voting system to change in order to reflect high-rating shows, but nothing has yet been confirmed. Pictured Tom Gleeson with his 2019 Gold Logie

Logies shake up? Woodgate teased that there is ‘potential’ for the voting system to change in order to reflect high-rating shows, but nothing has yet been confirmed. Pictured Tom Gleeson with his 2019 Gold Logie

MAFS was up for Most Popular Reality Program but lost out to MasterChef Australia. 

Woodgate teased that there is ‘potential’ for the voting system to change in order to reflect high-rating shows, but nothing has yet been confirmed.  

It was a poor night for both Channel 7 and Channel 9 at this year’s Logies, as both TV networks failed to go home with an award.  

The awards itself was surrounded in controversy, as comedian Tom Gleeson won this year’s Gold Logie beating the likes of Amanda Keller and Waleed Aly. 

Night of nights: The awards itself was surrounded in controversy this year, as comedian Tom Gleeson won this year's Gold Logie beating the likes of Amanda Keller and Waleed Aly. Pictured Amanda Keller during Tom Gleeson's acceptance speech

Night of nights: The awards itself was surrounded in controversy this year, as comedian Tom Gleeson won this year's Gold Logie beating the likes of Amanda Keller and Waleed Aly. Pictured Amanda Keller during Tom Gleeson's acceptance speech

Night of nights: The awards itself was surrounded in controversy this year, as comedian Tom Gleeson won this year’s Gold Logie beating the likes of Amanda Keller and Waleed Aly. Pictured Amanda Keller during Tom Gleeson’s acceptance speech

He had caused upset among his fellow Gold Logie nominees in the lead up to the awards, after he was seen trashing them in his political-style campaign to win. 

The Hard Quiz host was accused of ‘ruining the Logies’ and branded the top industry award a joke in his acceptance speech, while stating his victory was a win for ‘taking the p**s.’ 

The speech left a sour taste in the mouths of those in the entertainment industry, with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw slamming Gleeson for having ‘no grace’.

Harsh: Hard Quiz host Gleeson was accused of 'ruining the Logies' and later branded the top industry award a joke in his acceptance speech

Harsh: Hard Quiz host Gleeson was accused of 'ruining the Logies' and later branded the top industry award a joke in his acceptance speech

Harsh: Hard Quiz host Gleeson was accused of ‘ruining the Logies’ and later branded the top industry award a joke in his acceptance speech

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