The Block (Australian TV series)

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The Block
The Block Season 11 Title Card.png
Title card for season 11
Created by
  • Julian Cress
  • David Barbour
Presented by
Starring
  • Keith Schleiger
  • Dan Reilly
Judges
  • John McGrath
  • Neale Whitaker
  • Shaynna Blaze
  • Darren Palmer
  • Romy Alwill
Opening theme "Here Comes Another One"
by Groove Terminator
Original Version
(seasons 1-5)
Remixed Versions
(seasons 6-)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 506 (as of 25 November 2015)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Julian Cress[1]
  • Justin Sturzaker[2]
Location(s) Sydney (seasons 1–3, 6)
Melbourne (seasons 4–5, 7–present)
Running time 30–90 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Watercress Productions (seasons 4–11)
Cavalier Productions (seasons 12–present)
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release Original Series
1 June 2003 – 25 July 2004
Revived Series
22 September 2010 – present
External links
Website

The Block is an Australian reality television series broadcast on the Nine Network. The series follows four or five couples as they compete against each other to renovate houses/apartments and sell them at auction for the highest price.

The series first ran for two consecutive seasons in 2003 and 2004, and was originally hosted by Australian gardening guru Jamie Durie. The first season was filmed at Bondi and the second at Manly.

The Nine Network revived The Block after a six-year absence, with a third season commenced airing on 22 September 2010,[3][4] this time hosted by television personality and builder Scott Cam.[5] The third season again took place in Sydney, in the suburb of Vaucluse.[6]

Moving to Victoria, Australia, the fourth season was filmed in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, Victoria on Cameron Street. Breaking with tradition, season four was filmed in four side-by-side houses as opposed to an apartment block of four. Season four saw television personality Shelley Craft join Scott Cam in hosting the show.

Season five began airing in April 2012. As with season four, season five has retained the four separate houses format, as opposed to four apartments in a single apartment block as in earlier seasons. Season five is again set in Melbourne, on Dorcas Street, and is set in four adjacent multi-storey town houses. Season six returned to Sydney, in Bondi, for the tenth year anniversary, this was the last season renovating houses as from Season seven the conestants have renovated old apartment blocks, old buildings or old hotel buildings.

The first three seasons of The Block aired once weekly for 13, 26 and 9 weeks respectively.[7][8][9] For seasons four, five & six The Block was aired every weeknight, taking on the tagline "7'OBlock Weeknights," and every Sunday night for 8 weeks.[10][11] Since season 7, the 7'OBlock tagline only occurs on Sunday nights and airs at 7:30 on weeknights.

The Block receives new sponsors every season, though their main sponsors include Mitre 10, Suzuki, The Good Guys and Swisse Australia.

One of the main furniture and lighting suppliers is Sokol Furniture, a furniture wholesaler based in Melbourne, Australia.[12][13]

Format[edit]

The original format of the series featured four couples with a prior relationship renovating a derelict apartment block in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, with each couple renovating a separate apartment over a period of 12 weeks and with a budget of A$40,000 (over $100,000 from season 7). The apartments were then sold at auction, with each couple keeping any profit made above a set reserve price and the couple with the highest profit winning a A$100,000 prize.[14]

Hosts and judges[edit]

Timeline of hosts, judges and other personnel
Starring Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Current
Scott Cam Host
Neale Whitaker Judge
Shelley Craft Host / Challenge Master
Keith Schleiger Foreman
Shaynna Blaze Judge
Darren Palmer Guest Judge
Dan Reilly Contestant "Foreboy" "Foredan"
Former
Jamie Durie Host
John McGrath Judge Guest Guest
Romy Alwill Guest

Series overview[edit]

Season Title Type of Building Location Episodes Originally aired Result
Season premiere Season finale Winning team Winning profit (AUD) Total Profit
1
The Block[a] Rundown Apartment Complex Bondi, New South Wales 13 1 June 2003 (2003-06-01)[15] 17 August 2003 (2003-08-17)[16] Adam Thorn
Fiona Mills
$156,000 $256,000
2
The Block 2[b] Manly, New South Wales 26 18 April 2004 (2004-04-18)[17] 25 July 2004 (2004-07-25)[18] Andrew Rochford
Jamie Nicholson
$78,000 $178,000
3
The Block 2010 Vaucluse, New South Wales 9 22 September 2010 (2010-09-22) 24 November 2010 (2010-11-24) John and Neisha Pitt $205,000 $305,000
4
The Block 2011 Rundown Workers Cottages Richmond, Victoria 51 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20) 21 August 2011 (2011-08-21) Polly Porter
Warwick "Waz" Jones
$15,000 $115,000
5
The Block 2012 Rundown Terrace Houses South Melbourne, Victoria 69 16 April 2012 (2012-04-16) 1 July 2012 (2012-07-01) Brad Cranfield
Lara Welham
$506,000 $606,000
6
All Stars Rundown Heritage-Listed
Semi-Detached Houses
Bondi, New South Wales 39 4 February 2013 (2013-02-04)[19] 20 March 2013 (2013-03-20)[20] Phil Rankine
Amity Dry
$295,000 $395,000
7
Sky High Former Hotel South Melbourne, Victoria 66 12 May 2013 (2013-05-12)[21] 28 July 2013 Alisa and Lysandra Fraser
8
Fans v Faves Former Warehouse Albert Park, Victoria 61 27 January 2014 (2014-01-27) 9 April 2014 (2014-04-09) Steve O'Donnell
Chantelle Ford
$636,000 $736,000
9
Glasshouse Former Office Building Prahran, Victoria 65 27 July 2014 (2014-07-27) 12 October 2014 (2014-10-12) Shannon and Simon Voss $335,000 $435,000
10
Triple Threat Former Apartment Block South Yarra, Victoria 58 27 January 2015 (2015-01-27) 29 April 2015 (2015-04-29) Darren and Deanne Jolly $835,000 $935,000
11
Blocktagon[c] Former Hotel 47 6 September 2015 (2015-09-06) 25 November 2015 (2015-11-25) Dean and Shay Paine $655,000 $755,000
12
TBA Heritage Art Deco Building Port Melbourne, Victoria TBA August 2016 (2016-08) TBA TBA TBA TBA

Combined Profits[edit]

Auction[edit]

Season No. of teams No. of properties sold at auction Average Auction Profit Combined Auction Profit (excluding
prize money)
1 2003 4 $110,750 $443,000
2 2004 4 2 $77,500 $155,000
3 2010 4 3 $113,166 $339,500
4 2011 4 1 $15,000 $15,000
5 2012 4 $435,750 $1,743,001.10
6 2013 4 $203,750 $815,000
7 5 $256,600 $1,283,000
8 2014 4 $581,625 $2,326,500
9 5 $141,000 $705,000
10 2015 4 $766,250 $3,065,000
11 5 $487,800 $2,439,000
12 2016 5 TBA TBA TBA
Overall Combined Profit $13,329,001.01
Including Prize Money $14,428,001.01
Including After Auction Sales $14,640,001.01

Returning Teams[edit]

Contestants Original Season Returning Season Combined Profit
Alisa & Lysandra 7 $395,000 8 $616,000 $1.011m
($505,500 each)
Darren & Deanne 9 $10,000 10 $935,000 $945,000
Brad
&
Dale
5 $606,000
&
$355,000
8 $507,250
($253,625 each)
$859,625
&
$608,625
Dan & Dani $448,000 6 $220,000 $668,000
Phil & Amity 1 $60,000 $395,000 $455,000
Josh & Jenna 4 $50,000 $275,000 $325,000
Mark & Duncan 3 $47,000 $25,000 $72,000
($36,000 each)

Note: Brad & Dale were both originally on season 5 but in separate teams with their partners. They came back as a returning team in season 8 as mates.

Season synopses[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 1)
Jamie Durie hosted the first two seasons of the show.

The first season of The Block began airing on 1 June 2003 on the Nine Network, replacing Backyard Blitz and Location Location in the network's flagship timeslot[22] of Sunday at 6:30 to 7:30 pm (AEST).[14] The season was presented by Backyard Blitz host Jamie Durie and filmed in Bondi, New South Wales, with the majority of filming being completed prior to the series airing for editing purposes.[14]

Selected from approximately 2000 applicants,[14] the four couples in the season were:

  • Adam Thorn (aged 30) and Fiona Mills (27), a married couple from Banksia, New South Wales. A data analyst and former sales representative, the couple had renovated three properties prior to competing on The Block.[23][24] They renovated the first ground floor apartment (flat number one) and were widely considered the "show favourites" throughout the course of the season.[23] Their apartment—which was the last to be auctioned—sold for $751,000 earning them the highest profit of $156,000 as well as the winning prize of $100,000.[23] Mills appeared on the cover of Ralph while the season was airing in July 2003.[25]
  • Warren Sonin (37) and Gavin Atkins (35), a sales manager and public relations manager from Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales. They are the first male same-sex couple to compete on The Block[23][26][27]
  • Paul and Kylie Ingram
  • Phil Rankine and Amity Dry

The combined auction profits was $443,000.

Auction results[23]
Rank Couple Apartment Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction order Buyer
1 Adam & Fiona Flat 1 (Ground floor) $595,000 $751,000 $156,000 $256,000 4th Unidentified Sydney woman
2 Paul & Kylie Flat 4 (Upstairs) $747,000 $152,000 $152,000 3rd Sydney businessman, Wayne
3 Warren & Gavin Flat 2 (Ground floor) $670,000 $75,000 $75,000 2nd Crazy John's
4 Phil & Amity Flat 3 (Upstairs) $655,000 $60,000 $60,000 1st The Sun-Herald

Season 2[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 2)
The site used for the second season, as seen several days prior to auction.

Following the success of the first season, an expanded second season of 26 episodes, airing twice weekly, premiered on 18 April 2004. The season was again set in Sydney, although in the suburb of Manly rather than Bondi where the first season was located.

The combined auction profits was $155,000 with two properties not selling at auction.

Selected from over 18,000 applicants, the four couples in the season were:

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction order
1 Andrew Rochford and Jamie Nicholson $790,000 $868,000 $78,000 $178,000 3rd
2 Jason and Kirsten Johnson $795,000 $872,000 $77,000 $77,000 2nd
= 3 Matt Martino and Jane Newton $795,000 $795,000 $0 1st
Steven Starkey and Richard Sterry $800,000 $800,000 4th

Two original contestants, Dani and Monique Bacha, left the program in January 2004, two weeks into the second season, when it was reported that Dani had spent six months in jail in 2002 following his conviction for a drug-related offence.[28] Andrew Rochford and Jamie Nicholson replaced Dani and Monique Bacha.

Season 3[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 3)
Scott Cam (right), host since 2010

After a long break, the series was revived in 2010 with a set of four apartments in the upmarket suburb of Vaucluse in Sydney being renovated and Scott Cam replacing Jamie Durie as host.[29]

The combined auction profits was $339,500 with only one property not selling at auction

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Amount sold for after auction Profit Total Winnings Auction order
1 John & Nisha Pitt [30][31] $900,000 $1.105m N/A $205,000 $305,000 1st
2 Erin & Jake [4] $910,000 $997,500 $87,500 $87,500 4th
3 Mark & Duncan [4] $860,000 $907,000 $47,000 $47,000 2nd
4 Chez & Brenton [4] $880,000 not sold at auction $970,000 $90,000 $90,000 3rd
Weekly results
Week Room(s) Costs Winner
John and Neisha Mark and Duncan Erin and Jake Chez and Brenton
1 Guest room/study $4,737 $7,205 $5,735 $6,471 Erin and Jake
2 "Spare room" $6,457 $6,175 $6,916 $7,331 John and Neisha
3 Ensuite $9,027 $11,114 $10,811 $11,936 Mark and Duncan
4 Master bedroom $9,465 $7,925 $6,810 $8,806 Chez and Brenton
5 Main bathroom and laundry $18,640 $13,853 $16,901 $16,486 Erin and Jake
6 Living room $15,347 $10,320 $13,883 $9,924 John and Neisha
7 Kitchen $28,039 $31,159 $31,400 $25,720 Erin and Jake

Season 4[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 4)
Shelley Craft joined Scott Cam as a host from the fourth season onwards.

Season four saw six major changes to the format of The Block.

  • The location has changed to Melbourne instead of Sydney.
  • An initial elimination week saw eight couples reduced to four.
  • Instead of a block of flats with four apartments, there are four separate houses next to one another.
  • Contestants now have to renovate the exterior of their home, in addition to the interior.
  • Instead of two one-hour-long episodes airing per week, six episodes now air per week with a mix of one-hour- and half-hour-length episodes.
  • Shelley Craft has been introduced to help host special challenges where contestants can win extra cash and prizes for their houses.
  • A weekly episode named The Blocked: Unlocked was introduced. Hosted by Shelley Craft, the episode shares a personal insight into The Block transformations as the couples guide us through their completed rooms, it also includes behind the scenes footage and footage not seen on TV.

Eight couples were initially selected, with four being eliminated and the other four being given keys to the houses. The four remaining teams are:

  • Josh and Jenna – House 1 (Blue)
  • Polly and Waz – House 2 (Yellow)
  • Katrina and Amie – House 3 (Green)
  • Rod and Tanya – House 4 (Red)
Waz Jones and Polly Porter, winners of the fourth season of The Block.

The winners of The Block are Polly and Waz. They made $15,000 in profit and due to the other three couples houses being passed in, they also won the $100,000 grand prize making them the winners. Also in this finale episode, Josh proposed to Jenna, his girlfriend for 5 years and partner on The Block.

This was the worst auction in the history of The Block with only a combined auction profit result of $15,000 due to only one property selling at auction.

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Amount sold/passed in for at auction Amount sold for after auction Profit made Total Profit Auction Order
1 Polly & Waz $840,000 $855,000 N/A $15,000 $115,000 2nd
2 Rod & Tania $850,000 $832,000 $922,000 $72,000 $72,000 4th
3 Josh & Jenna $950,000 $901,000 $1.000m $50,000 $50,000 1st
4 Amie & Katrina $860,000 $822,000 $860,000 $0 $0 3rd

Polly and Waz were the only couple whose property sold at auction, with the other three failing to meet their reserve prices. Following the auction, Amie and Katrina's property sold for their exact reserve amount, meaning they would not take any winnings from appearing on The Block. Also, Rod and Tania's property sold for the highest profit on The Block at $72,000 (however, as it was after the auction, Polly and Waz are still the winners).

Season 5[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 5)

This season, like season four, is also based in Melbourne, in the inner city suburb of South Melbourne with four double storey side by side terrace houses located at 401 – 407 Dorcas Street. The properties are all on separate titles with car access from Montague St and plans approved to allow for a third story extension.[32]

Eight couples were initially selected, with four being eliminated and the other four being given keys to the houses. The four remaining teams are:

  • Dale and Sophie – House 1 (Blue)
  • Mike and Andrew – House 2 (Yellow)
  • Brad and Lara – House 3 (Green)
  • Dan and Dani – House 4 (Red)

The auction profits had a combined result of $1,743,001.1

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction order
1 Brad & Lara $1.114m $1.620m $506,000 $606,000 1st
2 Dan & Dani $992,000 $1.440m $448,000 $448,000 2nd
3 Mike & Andrew $966,000 $1,400,001.01 $434,001.01 $434,001.01 4th
4 Dale & Sophie $975,000 $1.330m $355,000 $355,000 3rd

Season 6[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 6)

It was announced during the finale of the fifth season that an all-star edition of the series would air in 2013, with viewers able to vote for couples to return from past seasons. These votes were taken into consideration when selecting the contestants, and the four returning couples were announced in October 2012 as Phil and Amity (of season one), Mark and Duncan (season three), Josh and Jenna (season four) and Dan and Dani (season five).[33] Phil and Amity won All Stars with a total of $1,670,000 selling for their home. The auction profits had a combined result of $815,000

Production for the series relocated from Melbourne—which had hosted the prior two seasons—to its original location of Bondi in Sydney to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show's first season.[34] Filming took place over nine weeks from October to December 2012.[35]

Darren Palmer, who was a guest judge in the fourth and fifth seasons, replaced John McGrath as a permanent judge for this season. Both Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze reprised their roles as judges from the previous season.[36]

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Phil & Amity $1.375m $1.670m $295,000 $395,000 4th
2 Josh & Jenna $1.375m $1.650m $275,000 $275,000 1st
3 Dani & Dan $1.355m $1.575m $220,000 $220,000 3rd
4 Mark & Duncan $1.345m $1.370m $25,000 $25,000 2nd

Season 7[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 7)
"The Block: Sky High" under construction

The Nine Network renewed The Block for a seventh season to air after Easter in 2013.[37] The location for this season was 142 Park Street, South Melbourne. The building consists of 5 levels, with each couple was allocated a full level to renovate. Alisa and Lysandra renovated level 1, Matt and Kim were responsible for level 2, level 3 was occupied by Bec and George, level 4 was completed by Madi and Jarrod and level 5 was made over by Trixie and Johnno.

Twin sisters Alisa and Lysandra win the block with a profit of $295,000. The auction profits had a combined result of $1,283,000

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Alisa & Lysandra $1.140m $1.435m $295,000 $395,000 1st
2 Madi & Jarrod $1.310m $1.601m $291,000 $291,000 3rd
3 Matt & Kim $1.205m $1.455m $250,000 $250,000 5th
4 Bec & George $1.265m $1.507m $242,000 $242,000 4th
5 Johnno & Trixie $1.400m $1.605m $205,000 $205,000 2nd

[38] Alisa & Lysandra win the block with $4000 profit lead over Madi & Jarrod

Season 8[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 8)
"Dux House" in February 2014

Applications for the eighth season of the series opened whilst the seventh season was airing, with couples aged between 18 and 65 years old being sought by casting agents.[39] Filming for the season is scheduled to occur between November 2013 and January 2014, and aired from 27 January 2014.[39]

The season 8 was based in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park, Victoria. The production company paid $5.9 million for 47 O’Grady Street, a brick warehouse that was then transformed into four luxury apartments.[40]

The working title of season 8 was "Fans vs Favourites" as shown in the 2014 preview that was aired on the Big Brother 2013 finale. Returning to The Block, Brad and Dale (season 5) / Alisa and Lysandra (season 7). Joining The Block, The Super K's – Kyal and Kara and The Retro Rookies – Steve and Chantelle. Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford won the block with a profit of $636,000 + $100,000 winners prize money. The auction profits had a combined result of $2,326,500

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Steve & Chantelle $1.834m $2.47m $636,000 $736,000 4th
2 Alisa & Lysandra $1.759m $2.375m $616,000 $616,000 3rd
3 Kyal & Kara $1.872m $2.440m $567,250 $567,250 2nd
4 Brad & Dale $1.802m $2.310m $507,250 $507,250 1st

In May 2014, it was reported that Lukas Kamay – who had won the auction for Alisa and Lysandra's apartment – had been arrested for his involvement in an insider trading scam. As a result, the $500,000 deposit he had paid was frozen and the apartment was seized. The apartment will be re-sold at a later date.[41] It's unclear whether Alisa and Lysandra will receive the money they would have received had the scandal not broken, or if they are now considered to have come fourth and did not sell their apartment at auction.

Season 9[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 9)

The ninth season of The Block featured contestants renovating a former office building in Prahran, Victoria into luxury apartments, with the season subtitled as The Block: Glasshouse.[42] Filming began in April 2014. One of the contestants was former professional Australian rules footballer Darren Jolly and his wife Deanne as one of the couples.[42] The season debuted on 27 July 2014 at the 6:30 time slot. .[42]

Shannon and Simon Voss won the block with a profit of $335,000 + $100,000 winners prize money, while Michael & Carlene and Darren & Deanne made the bare minimum of $10,000 above reserve, even newly-weds Karstan & Maxine only netted $40,000 in winnings. The auction profits had combined results of $705,000

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Shannon & Simon $1.565m $1.900m $335,000 $435,000 2nd
2 Chris & Jenna $1.500m $1.810m $310,000 $310,000 1st
3 Karstan & Maxine $1.670m $1.710m $40,000 $40,000 3rd
4 Darren & Deanne $1.370m $1.380m $10,000 $10,000 4th
Michael & Carlene $1.380m $1.390m $10,000 $10,000 5th

Season 10[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 10)

The Block has been renewed for a Tenth season which will air on 27 January 2015, production has already started in South Yarra.

The working title of season 10 was "Triple Threat" as shown in the 2014 preview that was aired on 23 November 2014. It was premiered on January 27, 2015 where contestants renovate a former three-level block of flats. Darren & Deanne (season 9), Bec & George and Matt & Kim (both season 7) returned to vie for a spot as contestants, while former contestant Dan Reilly from seasons 5 and 6 returned, this time as an apprentice foreman ("foreboy") under Keith's guidance after Dan himself became a qualified builder, who was a qualified carpenter during his stints as a contestant.

Former contestants Darren and Deanne[43] won the season with $835,000 + $100,000 prize money, all contestants won over $665,000. This is the highest making combined auction profits result of $3,065,000

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Darren & Deanne $1.455m $2.290m $835,000 $935,000 3rd
2 Josh &Charlotte $1.390m $2.200m $810,000 $810,000 4th
3 Tim & Anastasia $1.420m $2.175m $755,000 $755,000 1st
4 Ayden & Jess $1.335m $2.000m $665,000 $665,000 2nd

Season 11[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 11)

The Block has been renewed for an eleventh season which will go into production in May 2015. Season 11 is expected to see the show go 'back-to-basics' after ratings declines during the tenth season, this will see episodes cut from 90 to 60 minutes, fewer episodes, the eliminations will be removed and Thursday night episodes have been dropped.[44][45]

Filming for season 11 began on May 15, 2015. This season will renovate the former Hotel Saville in South Yarra - an octagonal, eight floor brick building. The title for Season 11 is The Block: Blocktagon. [46]

Co-creator Julian Cress said that this season of the block will have no tradies and only passionate do-it-yourself couples, in other seasons of the block, at least one person in each team has a trade. The change comes in the new direction in the back-to-basics change to the season, he said viewers will relate more to the characters who are big on spirit but small on skills when the show returns later this year.[47]

This season is sponsored by Mitre 10 (building equipment), Swisse Australia (vitamins), Aldi (groceries), Domain (money & apartment information), The Good Guys (electronics & kitchens) & Suzuki (transport).[48]

Shay & Dean Paine won the season with $655,000 + $100,000 prize money, all contestants won over $349,000.[49] The auction profits had a combined profit of $2,439,000.

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
1 Dean & Shay $1.645m $2.300m $655,000 $755,000 3rd
2 Luke & Ebony $1.560m $2.200m $640,000 $640,000 5th
3 Kingi & Caro $1.330m $1.735m $405,000 $405,000 1st
4 Andrew & Whitney $1.400m $1.790m $390,000 $390,000 4th
5 Suzi & Voni $1.480m $1.829m $349,000 $349,000 2nd

Season 12[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 12)

On 28 October 2015, Nine renewed the series for a twelfth season.[50] Since 2013, the Nine Network has aired two seasons of the show each year. In 2016, however, there will only be one season airing, and will not air until the last quarter of 2016.[51] It will once again be set in Melbourne.[51] On December 27, 2015, Frank Valentic, teased a video saying that there are rumours of The Block going to Greville Street, Prahran.[52] On 18 February 2016, it was reported that The Block producers bought an old heritage listed soap factory for $5 million at 164 Ingles St, Port Melbourne[53] It has been confirmed that the block will be at 164 Ingles St Port Melbourne by Scott Cam on the Today show 9 May 2016.[54] Filming began on the 26th of May 2016. The series will begin airing in August 2016 and will have 5 teams competing.[55]

Auction results
Rank Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Auction Order
Sasha & Julia
Dan & Carleen
Chris & Kim
Andy & Ben
William & Karlie

Season Ratings[edit]

The two first seasons were successful in the ratings, with the first season averaging 2.2 million viewers. Season 1 Finale was watched by 3.115 million viewers and Season 2 was watched by 2.273 million viewers.[56]

The third season debuted with 1,134,000, a daily rank of 9. It lost to all its main timeslot competition consisting of Glee on Network Ten and Border Security on the Seven Network.[57] However, it remained successful with key demographics and enjoyed steady ratings throughout the season. Season 3 concluded with 1.712 million viewers, and was the top program of the night in total people and all key demographics. It was also the second most-watched program of the week.[58]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Average viewers
(in millions)
Average rank Ref
Premiere date Premiere
ratings
Rank Finale date Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
Rank
One 13 1 June 2003 N/A 17 August 2003 3.115 #1 N/A 2.239 N/A [56][59]
Two 26 18 April 2004 25 July 2004 2.273 #1 1.600
Three 9 22 September 2010 1.139 #9 24 November 2010 1.305 #3 1.716 #1 1.238 #5 [60][61]
Four 51 20 June 2011 1.342 #4 21 August 2011 2.283 #4 3.289 #1 1.478 #3 [62][63]
Five 69 16 April 2012 1.404 #2 1 July 2012 2.145 #3 2.715 #1 1.399 #3 [64][65]
Six 39 4 February 2013 0.959 #9 20 March 2013 1.646 #3 2.119 #1 1.129 #4 [66][67]
Seven 68 12 May 2013 1.312 #4 28 July 2013 2.132 #3 2.808 #1 1.369 #3 [68][69]
Eight 61 27 January 2014 1.143 #7 9 April 2014 1.884 #3 2.181 #1 1.232 #4 [70][71]
Nine 65 27 July 2014 1.374 #1 12 October 2014 1.796 #4 2.764 #1 1.291 #3 [72][73]
Ten 58 27 January 2015 0.860 #8 29 April 2015 1.645 #3 2.027 #1 0.917 #9 [74][75]
Eleven 47 6 September 2015 1.074 #4 25 November 2015 1.579 #2 1.812 #1 1.001 #6 [76][77]
Twelve TBA August 2016 TBA TBA 2016 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Overall Average 506 1.178 #4 1.982 #3 2.381 #1 1.354 #4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2004 Logie Awards[78] Most Popular Reality Program The Block Nominated
2005 Logie Awards[79] Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2 Nominated
2012 Logie Awards[80] Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2011 Won
2013 Logie Awards[81] Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2012 Won
2014 Logie Awards[82] Most Popular Reality Program The Block: All Stars Nominated
The Block: Sky High Nominated
Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Scott Cam Won
Most Popular Presenter Won
2015 Logie Awards[83] Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Scott Cam Nominated
Most Popular Reality Program The Block: Glasshouse Won
2016 Logie Awards[84] Gold Logie for Best Personality on Australian TV Scott Cam Nominated
Best Reality Program The Block: Blocktagon Won
Best New Talent Dan Reilly Nominated

Reno Rumble[edit]

Main article: Reno Rumble

Reno Rumble was a program that pit teams from The Block against teams from the Seven Network's reality series House Rules. The program aired on the Nine Network and was produced by the same production company as The Block.[85]

The series was renewed for a second season but did not involve former contestants from The Block or House Rules and was only produced by the Nine Network.[86]

International broadcasters and adaptations[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

Country Network Current Broadcaster? Subtitled or Dubbed? Notes
 Canada Casa (TV channel) Yes Subtitled and Dubbed in French Québec Seasons 4,7 & 9 aired
 Iceland Stöð 2 Yes Subtitled
 Ireland Home Yes
TV3 No Seasons 1 & 2 aired
Watch Yes
 The Netherlands NET 5 No Subtitled
 United Kingdom Home Yes
Watch Yes
 New Zealand TV3 Yes Seasons 6-10 aired on TV3.
Prime No
 Portugal SIC Mulher Yes Subtitled Seasons 1-5 aired.
+ TVI Yes Subtitled
 Sweden TV12 Yes Subtitled Seasons 5 & 7 aired.

Adaptations[edit]

Country Title Broadcaster Presenter(s) Original run
 Belgium The Block VIER Hans Otten & Hanne Troonbeeckx 2004–2009
 Israel The Block Channel 10 Haim Etgar 30 May 2009 – 10 September 2009
 Netherlands Het Blok NET 5 Erik van der Hoff 2004–2007
 New Zealand The Block NZ[87] TV3 Mark Richardson & Shannon Ryan 4 July 2012 – present
 United Kingdom The Block ITV Lisa Rogers 2004

The Block has also been adapted in Russia, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, United States and South Africa.

Notes[edit]

  • a The first season has retroactively been re-titled The Block 2003 as shown in The Block: All Stars when Phil and Amity were noted as having previously appeared in "The Block 2003"
  • b The second season has retroactively been re-titled The Block 2004, in line with the re-titled first season.
  • c Despite constant references to "The Blocktagon" being made by hosts, contestants and other media, the eleventh season was the first season since The Block 2 to not have the title appear on-screen. The title sequence only said "The Block".

See also[edit]

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