PROGRAMMING WRAP | Nine continues #1 momentum with a strong slate in second half 2020

Nine have absolutely nailed their programming slate in 2020 with high rating and consistent programming that has flowed from one reality show to the next.

Nine started 2020 strongly with Married at First Sight, which flowed into a successful second season of Lego Masters with The Voice rating strongly thereafter.

Despite COVID-19 affecting production slates, Nine still has its main tentpoles to air in full.

Still to come in 2020:

Australian Ninja Warrior

The fourth season of the worldwide phenomenon will thrill audiences with never before seen elements on a recharged course. Viewers will be holding their breath as competitors tackle new challenges and showcase their unbelievable strength and determination once again.

Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham, Freddie Flintoff plus newcomer Shane Crawford will take viewers through every jump, leap, heart-stopping victory and heart-wrenching fall. Fan-favourite Ninjas will return to compete alongside fresh faces who have been inspired by those who have braved the course before them.

Emergency (Wednesday July 8th at 8:30pm)

The frontline heroes at one of Australia’s busiest emergency wards feature in Nine’s gripping new 10-part medical series Emergency.

The observational documentary series lifts the curtain on the emergency department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital – the first hospital established in Victoria.

Emergency reveals the tribulations and triumphs of the Royal’s dedicated doctors and nurses as they deal with victims of vicious assaults, horror car crashes and other tragedies, caring for the constant stream of patients coming through the door every day.

The Block

The Block 2020 will return to Nine later this year with Season 16 of the hit reality renovation show.

The new season will take place in the bayside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne.

While a lot of details about the new series are under wraps, it’s going to be a Block like never before due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Halifax FP: Retribution

When Jane Halifax receives a letter threatening a terrible retribution against her family, she finds herself back in a world she thought she had left behind – profiling a diabolical killer.

Travel Guides

It’s the most epic season of Travel Guides yet as the holidaymakers hit Europe, the Middle East, USA, Africa, Asia and undiscovered corners of Australia.

Narrated by Aussie comedian Denise Scott, Travel Guides is produced by Nine.

NRL Grand Final and State of Origin

Expect a much anticipated and high rating event in October and November with Nine presenting the much-loved state by state clash and NRL season ender at a later than usual time in 2020.

Celebrity IOU

Celebrity IOU is a new blockbuster HGTV series where Hollywood A-listers express their deep gratitude to the individuals who have had a major impact on their lives by surprising them with big, heartwarming home renovations that bring everyone to tears.

The star-studded, uplifting series, features everyone’s favourite brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott as they help each celebrity with a special renovation. The season’s celebrity lineup includes multi Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, producer, fashion designer and flea market enthusiast Melissa McCarthy; OSCAR, Emmy Award and Tony Awards winner Viola Davis; actress, writer, producer and fashion designer, Rebel Wilson, winner of an MTV Movie Award and a Teen Choice Award; and singer, songwriter and producer Michael Bublé, a four-time GRAMMY Award winner. Are you freaking out yet because we are!!


Nine is using their digital strategy to air full seasons of shows and viewers can turn to 9Now for the complete season 2 of Manifest, which will then air later in the year on broadcast television.

Nine also have episodes of Young Sheldon, Driving Test and Witness to Disaster to play out.

No longer expected in 2020

As with Seven and 10, Nine had to hit pause on a couple of programs due to COVID-19 restrictions which interrupted production this year. Nine have indicated to TV Blackbox the following two programs will not air in 2020 but remain in development until the timing is right:

The Parent Jury

Brave mums and dads who believe their parenting style is the best will be put to the ultimate test in The Parent Jury.

In this controversial new series, opinionated mums and dads will take turns judging each other’s parenting styles. Helicopter parents, tiger parents, free-range parents, designer parents and strict authoritarians will all show how they bring up their families with a view to convincing the group that their way is best.

Step Back in Time

Step Back in Time, a variety show coming to Nine in 2020, will offer viewers a blast from the past through a familiar lens.

The show will celebrate key moments in pop culture from TV, movies, music, news, sport, advertising and technology, with each episode focusing on a particular era.

The program that all comes together in front of a live studio audience.

Aaron Ryan
Aaron Ryan is currently the Broadcast Guide Editor and a News Contributor for TV Blackbox. An experienced media writer, his work has appeared on sites including TV Central and Mumbrella since 2009. Aaron can be heard weekly on Gold and Power FM | Call/Text - 0400 218 566

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