television: The Block, the contestants and the verdict
Channel 9 is delighted The Block’s ratings rival the network’s smash hit The Voice
CHANNEL 9’s hit property series
The Block has performed so well this season, industry insiders tip Sunday’s live grand final auction may perform almost as well as the network’s record-breaking season hit The Voice.
Sunday’s show attracted a national peak of close to 3 million viewers in city and country Australia, while Monday and Tuesday episodes peaked with 1.8 million viewers in five cities.
The network is so happy with the franchise it will air two series next year.
The first returns to Sydney, where the show began, with contestants set to make over identical properties at Bondi.
‘‘We’re going to ramp it up again,’’ says host Scott Cam in one recent interview. ‘‘It will be bigger and better. Parents are going to love it as a show the whole family can watch together.’’
The Block ends on Sunday when contestants auction the units they have spent months renovating, their every move filmed by TV cameras.
Real estate agents reckon each home will sell for more than $1 million.
All four terraces include roof-top gardens, multiple bedrooms and sizeable back entertaining areas.
Judge Shaynna Blaze says Brad and Lara’s house has the best chance of selling on auction night.
‘‘They retained the period features, maintained the integrity of it throughout and were really looking for the buyer at the end of it. They should get across the line because of that,’’ she says.
Cam says the four homes that go to auction this weekend are the best produced of any series.
‘‘The quality of the renovations is outstanding,’’ he says.
The Block: Grand final: Sunday, 6.30pm, Nine, NBN.
Contestants from The Block, with host Scott Cam (centre), will battle it out in Sunday’s grand final auction.