Logie Awards 2023: New host Sam Pang is credited for Channel Seven’s huge ratings win with the awards show after network snatched it away from Nine
Channel Seven’s Logies telecast was a ratings blockbuster for the network, drawing in an impressive 877,000 viewers.
And fans have praised host Sam Pang for the show’s success, with many tuning in to the Logies for the first time just to see him.
The 49-year-old funnyman was a big hit with viewers thanks to his blistering series of gags.
Pang slammed took a aim at everything from gross reality TV to the scandalous private lives of celebrities.
Sam’s opening monologue included a dig at Married at First Sight, saying the controversial reality show is ‘a clear sign we’ll not make it a species’.
New Logies host Sam Pang has been credited for Channel Seven’s huge ratings win after network snatched the awards from Nine
Many tuned in to the Logies for the first time just to see him
He also joked about commercial TV’s lack of diversity.
‘I’m the first host in the history of the Logies to be half and half – half Channel Seven, half Channel Ten.
‘Let’s be honest, it’s just great to have an Asian on Channel Seven, who isn’t trying to smuggle live birds through border security.’
But he saved a particular sharp crack for Karl Stefanovic and his infamous Noosa brawl involving cricket great Michael Clarke.
‘Can’t we have just 3 hours of Sam Pang ripping the Australian TV industry to sheds,’ one fan tweeted in praise of Sam
Many said they only watched the show to see Sam
The 49-year-old funnyman was a big hit with viewers thanks to his blistering series of gags
‘Karl Stefanovic said yes, as long as the show was held in a park in Noosa,’ Sam quipped after joking that the television host was offered a chance to host the Logies.
‘Can’t we have just 3 hours of Sam Pang ripping the Australian TV industry to sheds,’ one fan tweeted in praise of Sam.
Others were quick to agree, with one viewer tweeting: ‘Can we have Sam Pang host every single TV Week Logies Awards from now on?’
‘Never ever watch the Logies,’ tweeted another, before adding: ‘But Sam Pang is crushing it and Channel Seven are unable to do anything about it. Go Sam Pang.’
Another viewer agreed: ‘The only reason I’m watching the Logies is Sam Pang. Honestly the funniest man on Australian television right now.’
Seven’s Logies broadcast was a major success for the network after they snatched up the broadcast rights from Channel Nine last year.
Sam saved a particular sharp crack for Karl Stefanovic and his infamous Noosa brawl involving cricket great Michael Clarke
Still, Seven’s ratings numbers were not quite what the network would have hoped for after Nine managed to score an impressive 885,000 viewers for the 2022 broadcast.
The Logies had been an institution at Nine for six decades and many of its stars, including the late Bert Newton, were strongly linked to the event.
Nine had a patchy run with the Logies since they scored a whopping 940,000 metro viewers in 2017.
There was no telecast due to Covid in 2020 and 2021, but 2018 saw the awards show snatch 851,000 viewers in the metro centres in 2018 and 866,000 in 2019.