Johanna Griggs' House Rules triumphant second series debut

Johanna Griggs' House Rules triumphant second series debut
Johanna Griggs' House Rules triumphant second series debut

The Johanna Griggs hosted House Rules second series debut was triumphant last night with 1.18 million metropolitian viewers.

There were 1.87 million viewers including the regions, with a younger audience tuned in this year, according to the OzTam ratings.

The ratings for the Channel 7 renovation home show was 47% up on its 2013 launch night.

But more significantly it was up 9% on the 2014 debut ratings of The Block earlier this year.

The first rundown home for renovation is from Candy and Ryan in western Sydney with a $437,000 mortgage.

It was a slow start last year for the House Rules series with its host Johanna Griggs telling Property Observer last season that its slow but sure success came from "people power."

"This show has people power to thank as more & more people spread the word, & to 7 for sticking by us!" the host Johanna Griggs tweeted last season to Property Observer.


This year she expressed relief in her tweet to Property Observer.

Johanna Griggs' House Rules triumphant second series debut

The show pits teams of two from all over Australia to compete in the series where the winner's have their mortgage completely wiped.

The state-versus-state renovations, in the series from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, get judged by Wendy Moore the editor of Home Beautiful and Joe Snell who is an architect. There are renovation mentors also back from last year, Carolyn Burns-McCrave and build supervisor Chester Drife.

The teams have to work independently on their own zone within each house but they also have to work as a team to ensure each room complements the other when it's completed.

The six homes are aimed to come from a bunch of likeable Australians with interesting back stories.

Candy and Ryan’s house (NSW)

Candy and Ryan’s red brick veneer three bedroom home was purchased in July 2013. Formerly owned by the Catholic church, their property in Sydney’s western suburbs includes a detached granny flat, a shed and a sizeable backyard.

Lisa and Adam (Vic)

Lisa and Adam own a 1960s three bedroom weatherboard house in Victoria. They purchased the property in April 2012.

Lloyd and Madison’s house (QLD)

The timber Queenslander owned by young couple Lloyd and Madison is set three streets back from the beach and borders on a nature reserve. It has four bedrooms, but also significant structural problems, including a pretty severe tilt.

Carole and Russell’s house (WA)

Carole and Russell’s house in the Perth hills was advertised on gumtree with the tagline “renovate or detonate”. The two storey home is 28 years old. Russell noted that when the house was first purchased, he kicked the balcony and the whole thing collapsed onto his car below.

Brooke and Grant’s house (TAS)

Brooke and Grant are raising seven children in their two and a half bedroom 19th century farmhouse in the Huon Valley. The home has one bathroom, with another outhouse in the back and an outdoor laundry. The house is set on three acres.

Bomber and Mel (SA)

Bomber and Mel live in a 110 year old weatherboard home in Adelaide, set a kilometre off the beach. Holes in the floor let in the weather, as well as the local cats. The home was purchased in a mortgagee sale.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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