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Australian Survivor

Australian Survivor
Australian Survivor season 4 logo.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byCharlie Parsons
Presented by
StarringList of Australian Survivor contestants
Country of originAustralia
Original English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes110 (and 2 specials)
  • Stephen Peters (2002)[1]
  • David Mason (2006)[2]
  • Amelia Fisk (2016-present)
  • Tim Toni (2016-present)[3]
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2002, 2006)
70-90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production Castaway Television
Endemol Shine Australia
Original network
Picture format576i (SDTV) (2002,2006)
1080i (HDTV) (2016-present)
Original releaseOriginal series:
13 February 2002 -
15 May 2002
First revived series:
17 August 2006 --
2 November 2006
Second revived series:
21 August 2016 -
Related showsInternational versions
External links
Official site

Australian Survivor is an Australian reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format.

Following the basic premise of other international versions of the format, the show features a group of contestants who are marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow contestants until only one remains and is awarded the title of "Sole Australian Survivor" and the grand prize of A$500,000.

The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, who hold the Australian broadcast rights to the American edition. In 2006, a celebrity edition aired on the Seven Network. Both incarnations of the series only lasted one season due to low ratings.[4]

In November 2015, the Network Ten, at its network upfronts, announced that it would be reviving the series in 2016.[5] The series commenced airing on 21 August 2016. Unlike its predecessors, the series was renewed by Network Ten for another season to air in 2017.[6]

The fifth season premiered 1 August 2018 on Network Ten with the theme "Champions vs. Contenders."[7] The show was renewed for another season in September 2018. The sixth season premiered on 24 July 2019.[8]


The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. 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 teams 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.

About halfway through the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions 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 where the remaining players plead their case to the members of the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors must then cast their vote for which finalist should be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and 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 in order to prevent players from over-relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons or other editions of the show. These changes have included tribal 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, special voting powers which can be used to influence the result at Tribal Council and players being given a chance to return following their elimination.

Series overview

The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in 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 the American edition of Survivor.[9] 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 continued to broadcast the American edition of the program ever since.[4] Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; 9Go! and streamed on 9Now within hours of the original American airing.[10][11] Additionally, the complete American Survivor series has been made available on 10 All Access as of December 2018, including the previously unaired Survivor: Marquesas.[12] Each season is uploaded some time after the season has aired on Nine Network.

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.[13]

In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfronts event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016.[14] This new season gives Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three major commercial television networks in Australia.

List of Australian Survivor seasons
No. Location Days Original tribes Winner Runner-up Final vote Season premiere Season finale Network Host
1 Whaler's Way, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia 39 Two tribes of eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5-2 13 February 2002 15 May 2002 Nine Network Lincoln Howes
2 Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu 25 Two tribes of six celebrities divided by gender, with one exception Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3-2 17 August 2006 2 November 2006 Seven Network Ian Dickson
3 Upolu, Samoa 55 Three tribes of eight Kristie Bennett Lee Carseldine 8-1 21 August 2016 25 October 2016 Network Ten Jonathan LaPaglia
4 Two tribes of twelve Jericho Malabonga Tara Pitt 6-3 30 July 2017 10 October 2017
5 Savusavu, Fiji 50 Two tribes of twelve divided by status: "Champions" (overachievers) vs. "Contenders" (underdogs) Shane Gould Sharn Coombes 5-4 1 August 2018 9 October 2018
6 24 July 2019

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs.
2003 Logie Awards of 2003 Best Reality Program 2002 Season Nominated [15]
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Best Reality Program 2016 Season Nominated [16]
7th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series 2017 Season Nominated [17]
Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle Or Reality Series Richard Franc (Episode 1 - 2017 Season) Won
2019 Logie Awards of 2019 Most Popular Reality Program Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season) Nominated [18]
Most Outstanding Reality Program Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season) Won


Australian television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of the Australian version of Survivor on Network Ten.

Season Premiere Timeslot Premiere Ended Viewers
Date Premiere
Date Finale
Australian Survivor (season 3) Sunday
7:30 pm
August 21, 2016 857,000 October 25, 2016 1,172,000 846,000
7:30 pm
July 30, 2017 691,000 October 10, 2017 943,000 703,000
Australian Survivor (season 5) Wednesday
7:30 pm
August 1, 2018 779,000 October 9, 2018 922,000 769,000

See also


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  2. ^ "Celebrity Survivor joins Seven's new mid-year line-up" (PDF). Seven Network. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Ten, Network. "Credits". TenPlay - Credits. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (7 August 2015). "Could Survivor Australia's torch be lit once more?". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Seanna Cronin, "Channel 10 adds Survivor Australia to 2016 reality line-up"". The Northern Star. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Renewed: Australian Survivor". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Network Ten in 2018: New shows, new website + an Australian TV first". Mediaweek. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ David, Knox (8 July 2019). "Returning: Australian Survivor". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Survival of the fittest -". Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Airdate: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans v Favourites". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Returning: Survivor". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Admin (31 October 2018). "Network 10 and CBS today announce 10 All Access - Includes past US Survivor seasons". Brink Of Reality. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Celebs to survive on 7". Herald Sun. 29 May 2006. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved ..
  14. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2015). "TEN Upfronts 2016: Survivor, Jessica Marais, Anh Do -and Nigella!". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Australian Television: 2003 Logie Awards". Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "7TH AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel - All Winners - by Category" (PDF). AACTA. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Logie Awards 2019: Winners". TV Tonight. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.

External links

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