tele­vi­sion: The Block, the con­tes­tants and the ver­dict

Chan­nel 9 is de­lighted The Block’s rat­ings ri­val the net­work’s smash hit The Voice

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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.

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