December 1988 / January – Young Talent Time was rested by Network Ten during the Cricket / Australian Open season, one week into January 1989 the network announced that the show would not return. Reasons for YTT's axing comes very bad ratings and cannot match rivals Seven or Nine as they won the strong competition.
5 June – Neighbours is the No. 1 drama for the last ever time, before handing the reins to Seven's Home And Away becoming a hit for the next few years. The soap launches the newly revised theme song, and is home to an overload of cast members who will be "boned" or "suspended" from the soap indefinitely between now and 1994. Between August and November 1989 Neighbours hit the poor ratings with 290,000 national viewers competing Seven's Home And Away to 1,500,000 nationally.
23 July – After poor ratings, Network Ten is relaunched as 10 TV Australia, introducing a new lineup with increased game show content. Most of the new shows are axed by the end of the year following bad ratings.
November – Australian dating game show Perfect Match airs its final episode on Network Ten. The show was cancelled following poor ratings failing to match the success of its 1984 series, which broke records for 5.30pm.
December - The Seven Network wins the 1989 ratings year with a record of 34.0% share for Total People.