After weeks of blood, sweat and tears, shopping for cushions, wallpaper and carpet and countless nights of painting, House Rules finally has it’s winner for 2014.
While it’s no surprise that Victoria’s Adam and Lisa took out the top prize (Carole and Russ’s run-in with Candy and Ryan over the Barnardos Beach House all but sealed their loss) it seems there were more than a few fans a bit miffed (myself included) about the lack of advertising and push for public voting for the winner of House Rules 2014.
Many viewers were surprised to hear host Joh Griggs announce that voting had closed and the votes were being tallied…
So while the finale was live (the reveal of the secret rooms and winner) the voting was apparently open during the week leading up via Yahoo!7 or via text message.
The final score was made up of 50% judges scores and 50% public vote.
House Rules this season earned a nice boost in ratings with dynamic casting which brought some memorable characters (Bomber and Mel anyone?) and some nasty actions (Brooke and Carole) but this season was not without it’s downfalls, namely the backlash from fans after Maddi and Lloyds exit from the show.
Most were wanting to know why interior decorators and show judges Joe Snell and Wendy Moore were judging and critiquing work done on the landscaping and exteriors – judging that ultimately saw favorites Maddi and Lloyd leave the show and why someone more appropriate to the area wasn’t brought in to judge.
With Candy and Ryan’s exit from the show just before the finale, it all but sealed Adam and Lisa’s victory for the win.
The end of dominant reality show The Voice has begun to take effect on other channel 9 shows with viewers quickly moving onto other networks and other rival shows.
For the first time since launch, Channel 7’s House Rules beat out channel 9’s The Block with 1.159 million viewers tuning into 7’s house renovating show, beating out The Blocks 1.130 million.
The slow start for House Rules is now a distant memory for the 7 network with the show now constantly rating extremely well. Some viewers have stated the overt-drama and outright nastiness between competing couples is what have turned them off this season of The Block.
Also suffering for Channel 9 is Celebrity Apprentice. Last night’s challenge episode didn’t even make the top 20 in ratings while the boardroom showdown only managed just shy of 600,000 viewers.
Channel 7’s answer to The Block may have finally found it’s audience after an embarrassing start to the home renovation reality show.
After debuting last Tuesday with a meager 806,000 viewers (It was easily beat by Channel 9’s The Block Sky High and The Voice) and dropping to an all time low of 687,000 viewers on Thursday night, House Rules Monday night episode finally cracked the 1 million viewers mark with the show’s First House Reveal episode.
So why are now viewers tuning in? The Voice and The Block Sky High are still holding top spot but are not reaching the same highs as earlier seasons and both renovation shows are only partly overlapping in schedule timing.
One could argue that Seven’s decision to schedule recaps of the series across its weekend programming may have helped but my guess is the change in programming of 9’s The Voice, now only being aired on Monday nights (clearly to stretch out the series as possible) has actually helped House Rules boost it’s ratings numbers.
House Rules is a fun watch and is a new twist on the the home renovation show competitions, but after a weeks worth of viewings, i’m hardly rooting for ANY couple to win the coveted prize of having their entire mortgage paid off.
The casting department have single-handedly managed to wrangle a bunch of highly unlikable couples to take part in the competition. Between overbearing wives, know-it-all husbands and two bully brothers, most of the couples on House Rules seem extremely undeserving of such a reward.
My advice, watch the show for resident build supervisor Chester Drife. He’s the good-looking and nice guy version of The Block’s foreman Keith!
Check your local listings for when House Rules is airing next on Channel 7.
No one can deny the power of Channel 9’s The Block series. After the All Stars series brought strong ratings earlier this year for the network, 9 were quick to follow up with the latest series The Block Sky High which premiered last night to strong ratings.
1.31 million viewers nationally tuned in to the new series which has upped the challenge on your bog-standard home/apartment renovating show and has now moved into an old apartment block Melbourne, where each couple have an entire floor to complete over an 11 week period.
How will Channel 7’s version titled House Rules stack up? The two shows have very similar formats. House Rules, hosted by Johanna Griggs and from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, gets six state-based teams to renovate each other’s homes.The Block Sky High, hosted by Scott Cam and Shelley Craft, features five state-based teams that turn a five-storey South Melbourne hotel into luxury apartments.
Apparently Channel 7 are so confident in their own show, Rules has been scheduled up against Sky High three nights a week and are hoping to nab upwards of 500,000 viewers from 9. That said, The Block, an established series, has it’s dedicated fans and is bringing in new viewers on a series basis. Sevens Rules is a new show that isn’t starting until Tuesday night.
My call: Viewers are going to stick with The Block. Seven will try and keep beating the dead donkey but before series end, Rules will be relegated to either 7Mate or will run back-to-back episodes on a weekend.
The Block Sky High airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7pm on 9
House Rules premiere’s Tuesday May 14th at 7.30pm on 7