Australian Survivor is the Australian version of Survivor. It was first broadcast on February 13, 2002. Australian Survivor made a comeback in 2016 and is still airing today.
Australian television network Nine, which had originally aired the flagship American version, made an agreement with CBS, the network that produces the latter, and Castaway Television Productions, the company the owns the international Survivor franchise, that Nine was to be allowed to air the American series, provided they must produce a local edition of the franchise. The first Australian season was produced in 2002 and was hosted by journalist Lincoln Howes. Shoddy production value, underwhelming cast, stale story, and post-production issues reflected to poor ratings. Nine did not renew for a second season.
Another Australian Network, Seven, took interest and renewed the franchise in 2006 with a celebrity edition the cast was cut down to 12 from the standard 16. This season featured celebrities competing for charity and was hosted by Ian Dickson. While this iteration were marginally better received by fans, ratings were still unimpressive. Seven also cancelled the series
In 2016, Australia's third major television giant, Ten, had acquired the franchise and produced a third series, which was hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia. This version saw a dramatic increase of contestants competing, with 24; and introduced elements common in the American series such as Hidden Immunity Idols, Exile Island, game advantages, and the familiar Ancient Voices theme song. The 2016 season proved to be a ratings success, attributing to its high production value, highly competitive cast, and impressive host in LaPaglia, whose appearance and style of hosting being seen as almost similar to that of his American counterpart, Jeff Probst. Network Ten had been the show's home since.
|Season||Tribes||Number of Castaways||Filming Location||Filming Dates||Season Run||Sole Survivor|
Australian Survivor (2002)
|16||Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia||November 1, 2001 – December 24, 2001||February 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002|| |
Celebrity Survivor Australia
|12||Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu||May 14, 2006 - June 18, 2006||August 17, 2006 – November 2, 2006|| |
Australian Survivor (2016)
|24||Upolu, Samoa||May 2016 – June 2016||August 21, 2016 - October 25, 2016|| |
Australian Survivor (2017)
|24||May 2017 – June 2017||July 30, 2017 - October 10, 2017|| |
Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2018)
|24||Savusavu, Fiji||May 3, 2018 - June 21, 2018||August 1, 2018 - October 9, 2018|| |
|Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders (2019)|| Champions|
- ↑ https://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/10/14/1034561099400.html
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20071222224348/http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0%2C21985%2C19289385-2902%2C00.html
- ↑ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-18/gordon-loses-ten-network-court-decision/8956062
- ↑ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-19/channel-ten-creditors-meeting-vote-for-cbs-takeover-bid/8959142