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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.

History

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.[1]

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[2]

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, an impressive host in LaPaglia, whose appearance and style of hosting was seen as almost similar to that of his US counterpart, Jeff Probst. A second season was aired the following year.

In late 2017, CBS had acquired ownership of the Network Ten, thus also buying the rights to the Australian Survivor brand.[3][4]

Seasons

Season Tribes Filming Location Filming Dates Season Run Sole Survivor Runner-Up Final Vote
Nine Network
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Australian Survivor (2002)
Kadina
Tipara
Aurora
Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia November 1, 2001 – December 24, 2001 February 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002 Robas2002
Robert Dickson
Scionaas2002
Sciona Browne
5-2
Seven Network
Celebrity Survivor logo
Celebrity Survivor Australia
Kakula
Moso
Tanna
Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu May 14, 2006 - June 18, 2006 August 17, 2006 – November 2, 2006 Guy180
Guy Leech
Newjustin180
Justin Melvey
3-2
Network Ten
Wiki AU Logo
Australian Survivor (2016)
Aganoa
Saanapu
Vavau
Fia Fia
Upolu, Samoa May 2016 – June 2016 August 21, 2016 - October 25, 2016 AS3KristieIcon
Kristie Bennett
AS3LeeIcon
Lee Carseldine
8-1
Wiki AU Logo
Australian Survivor (2017)
Asaga
Samatau
Asatoa
May 2017 – June 2017 July 30, 2017 - October 10, 2017 AS4JerichoIcon
Jericho Malabonga
AS4TaraIcon
Tara Pitt
6-3
Wiki AU Logo 3
Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders
Champions
Contenders
Savusavu, Fiji April 2018 - June 2018 August 1, 2018 - TBD TBD TBD TBD

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