Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, which starred Asher Keddie as magazine editor Ita Buttrose, has been labelled the "best TV show" of 2011 by the Herald Sun newspaper.
Other successful dramas of the year included in the list are Danielle Cormack and Chelsie Preston's crime drama Underbelly: Razor and period drama Downton Abbey.
Daniel MacPherson and Zoe Ventoura's outback drama Wild Boys also featured in the round-up, in spite of its recent cancellation.
> 'Underbelly: Razor' finale airs to top viewer ratings
The publication listed Ben Elton's Live from Planet Earth and George Negus's axed current affairs programme as two of the worst shows of the year. It also criticised Chris Lilley's latest comedy Angry Boys and Hamish Blake and Andy Lee's Gap Year series.
> Ben Elton show axed after only two weeks
> Chris Lilley's 'Angry Boys' character S.Mouse slammed by rappers
The most successful shows in ratings were renovation series The Block, My Kitchen Rules, weight loss competition The Biggest Loser and The X Factor. Many viewers also tuned in to watch Jack Vidgen win Australia's Got Talent.
> 'The Block' one of most-watched Aussie shows of 2011
> 'The Renovators', 'Angry Boys' worst Aussie TV shows of 2011?
Next year, Shaun Micallef is poised to front a new show, Young Talent Time will be revamped and Ten is launching a new breakfast programme.