|Created by||Charlie Parsons|
|Based on||Expedition Robinson/Survivor|
by Charlie Parsons
|Starring||List of Australian Survivor contestants|
|Theme music composer||Russ Landau (2016–present)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||174 (and 2 specials)|
|Original release||Original series:|
13 February 2002 –
15 May 2002
First revived series:
17 August 2006 –
2 November 2006
Second revived series:
21 August 2016 –
|Related shows||Companion shows|
Australian Survivor is an Australian adventure reality game show based on the international Survivor format. Following the premise of other versions of the Survivor format, the show features a group of contestants, referred to as "castaways" as they are marooned in an isolated location. The castaways must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in various challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted off the island by their fellow castaways. The final castaway remaining is awarded the title of "Sole Survivor" and the grand prize of A$500,000.
The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, who as of 2020, also hold the first-run Australian broadcast rights to the flagship American edition of Survivor. In 2006, a celebrity edition aired on the Seven Network. Both iterations of the series only lasted one season due to low ratings.
In November 2015, Network Ten announced at its network upfronts that it would be reviving the series in 2016. The series commenced airing on 21 August 2016. Unlike its predecessors, the series was renewed by Network Ten for another season for 2017, and has continued to be successful since. Most recently, Australian Survivor was renewed for a ninth season titled Blood V Water, which will premiere on 31 January 2022. This season was filmed in Charters Towers in Queensland, Australia, much like the previous season, due to travel restrictions as well as safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show follows the same general format as the other editions of Survivor. To begin, the players are split into two or three tribes, are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meagre supplies for a period of several weeks. Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for immunity, forcing the other tribe to attend Tribal Council, where they must vote one of their tribemates out of the game by secret ballot.
About halfway through the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and challenges are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out during this stage become members of the Tribal Council Jury. When only two players remain, the Final Tribal Council is held. The finalists pleads their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors then have the opportunity to interrogate the finalists before casting their vote for which finalist should be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and win the grand prize of A$500,000 (or a A$100,000 charity prize in the celebrity season).
Like other editions of the show, the Australian edition has introduced numerous modifications, or twists, on the core rules to prevent players from over-relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons or other editions of the show. These changes have included tribe switches, players being exiled from their tribe for a short period of time, hidden immunity idols that players can use to save themselves or another player at Tribal Council from being voted off, voting powers which can be used to influence the result at Tribal Council and players being given a chance to return following their elimination.
Survivor in Australia
The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in late 2001, and aired in 2002 on the Nine Network. The program was a contractual obligation if the network were to be allowed to continue to broadcast American Survivor. The program was criticised for poor casting and lower production value than the popular American edition and it was not renewed due to low ratings. The Nine Network still hold the first-run rights to American Survivor and have continued to broadcast the American edition of the program ever since. Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; 9Go! and streamed on 9Now within hours of the original American airing.
In 2006, the Seven Network found a loophole in the contract between the Nine Network and Castaway Television, which allowed them to produce a celebrity version of the series, due to a celebrity format being viewed as different from the original format. The Seven Network did not renew the series.
In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfront event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016. This new season gave Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three major commercial television networks in Australia. Australian Survivor has continued to air yearly, concluding its most recent season in September 2021.
Following Network Ten's acquisition by CBS (the United States broadcaster of the format) in 2017, starting in December 2018, CBS made the complete American Survivor series available on their paid Australian streaming platform, Paramount+ (previously known as 10 All Access until August 2021). The broadcasts include Survivor US: Marquesas, which never aired in Australia due to Nine Network's commitment in airing their 2002 version of Australian Survivor. A select few seasons are also uploaded to Network Ten's free streaming site, 10 Play. Each US season is uploaded some time after the season has aired on Nine Network, when the rights to that season revert to CBS under their agreement. Additionally, as of September 2020, both seasons of Survivor NZ and the Philippines and Island of Secrets editions of Survivor South Africa were also uploaded on 10 Play. In 2021, 10 Play offered week-to-week streaming of the Immunity Island edition of the South African series as it aired in South Africa.
|Location||Start Date||Finish Date||Days||Castaways||Original tribes||Winner||Runner Up||Final vote|
|Earlier Iterations (2002, 2006)|
|November 2001||December 2001||39||16||Two tribes of eight||Rob Dickson||Sciona Browne||5–2||Lincoln Howes[b]|
|2||Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu||Efate, Shefa, Vanuatu||May 2006||June 2006||25||12||Two tribes of six split by
gender, with one odd one out
|Guy Leech||Justin Melvey||3–2||Ian "Dicko" Dickson|
|Network 10 Iteration (2016–present)|
|3||–||Upolu, Samoa||23 May 2016||18 July 2016||55||24||Three tribes of eight||Kristie Bennett||Lee Carseldine||8–1||Jonathan LaPaglia[c]|
|4||6 May 2017||30 June 2017||Two tribes of twelve||Jericho Malabonga||Tara Pitt||6–3|
|Savusavu, Fiji||3 May 2018||21 June 2018||50||Two tribes of twelve divided by status:
and "Contenders" (underdogs)
|Shane Gould||Sharn Coombes||5–4|
|6||4 May 2019||22 June 2019||Pia Miranda||Baden Gilbert||9–0|
|7||All Stars||26 August 2019||14 October 2019||Two tribes of twelve returning players||David Genat||Sharn Coombes||8–1|
|8||Brains V Brawn||Cloncurry, Queensland||24 April 2021||10 June 2021||48||Two tribes of twelve divided by characteristics:
"Brains" (intellect) and "Brawn" (strength)
|Hayley Leake||George Mladenov||7–2|
|9||Blood V Water||Charters Towers, Queensland||7 October 2021||22 November 2021||47||New and returning players compete in pairs with a loved one|
- In referencing the series, Network 10 only accounts for their seasons in season counts - discounting the two earlier iterations of the series. By 10's season count, the 2016 season would be the 1st season. However, Castaway Productions (including Survivor creator Charlie Parsons) count all iterations of the show as one continuous series — making the 2016 season the 3rd season. Wikipedia will use the Castaway Productions season count.
- Ben Dark hosted the casting special and Eddie Maguire hosted the reunion.
- As a result of travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, LaPaglia was unable to host the reunion for All Stars. The Reunion was instead hosted by Osher Günsberg, with LaPaglia contributing via satellite.
|Continent/Region||Locations (season number)|
|Australia||South Australia (1), Queensland (8, 9)|
|Oceania||Fiji (5, 6, 7), Samoa (3, 4), Vanuatu (2)|
Broadcast and ratings
|1||Nine||13[a]||Wednesday 8:30 pm||13 February 2002||N/A[b]||15 May 2002||N/A[b]|
|2||Seven||12||Thursday 8:30 pm||17 August 2006||N/A[b]||2 November 2006||N/A[b]||N/A[c]||N/A[b]|
|3||10||26||Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday 7:30 pm[d]
|21 August 2016||
||25 October 2016||914,000||7||1,172,000||1||N/A[c]||786,000||10|||
|4||30 July 2017||691,000||8||10 October 2017||825,000||8||943,000||2||613,000||13||698,000||10|||
|5||24||1 August 2018||779,000||7||9 October 2018||914,000||5||922,000||4||667,000||13||765,000||9|||
|6||24 July 2019||925,000||2||17 September 2019||968,000||4||1,079,000||1||N/A[c]||840,000||6|||
|7||Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday 7:30 pm[d]
|3 February 2020||715,000||8||30 March 2020||908,000||9||1,034,000||6||677,000||14||733,000||9|||
|8||Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday 7:30 pm[d]
|18 July 2021||824,000||4||12 September 2021||826,000||7||991,000||6||N/A[c]||752,000|||
|9||31 January 2022|
- In addition to the 13 episodes, two specials aired – a casting special and a behind the scenes special
- No Ratings Information is available for these seasons
- No Reunion Show was held.
- The program occasionally deviates from these timeslots - check the ratings table on each season's page for specific timeslots for each episode.
- The premiere was coded into two programs - titled "Launch" and “Tribal Council". Two sets of ratings were produced.
Introduced in the 3rd season, Jury Villa is based on the Ponderosa series from American Survivor. The series follows the castaways that are voted off during the jury phase of the game as they become members of the Tribal Council Jury and interact with one another in the villa. Each episode focuses primarily on the latest evictee and their arrival in the villa. Episodes are released through 10 Play following the airing of each episode of the main show of the Jury phase of the game.
Introduced in the All Stars season, Talking Tribal is an aftershow that unpacks all of the castaway's strategies from the main show. The show premiered on Friday 31 January 2020, days before the premiere of All-Stars for a preview special. The show then airs weekly after each Wednesday night episode of the main show. In addition to airing as web series on 10 Play, the series also airs as an audio podcast on 10's podcast platform 10 speaks. The first season was hosted by former contestant Luke Toki and television presenter James Mathison, who were joined by podcaster Shannon Guss, as a regular panelist and Sarah Tilleke, Osher Günsberg, Matt Farrelly and Shaun Hampson as guest panelists.
The series airs on the following channels outside of Australia:
- In New Zealand the series airs on TVNZ 2, with the series also being available on TVNZ OnDemand.
- In the United Kingdom, the series airs on Amazon Prime.
- In the United States, three seasons are available on Paramount+ with three more set to be added on 19 January 2022.
Awards and nominations
|2003||Logie Awards of 2003||Best Reality Program||2002 Season||Nominated|||
|2017||Logie Awards of 2017||Best Reality Program||2016 Season||Nominated|||
|7th AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||2017 Season||Nominated|||
|Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle Or Reality Series||Richard Franc (Episode 1 - 2017 Season)||Won|
|2018||8th AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season)||Won|||
|2019||Logie Awards of 2019||Most Popular Reality Program||Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season)||Nominated|||
|Most Outstanding Reality Program||Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season)||Won|
|9th AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2019 season)||Won|||
|2020||10th AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||Australian Survivor: All Stars||Nominated|||
|2021||11th AACTA Awards||Best Reality Television Series||Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn||Nominated|||
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