Shark Tank (Australian TV series)

Shark Tank was an Australian reality competition television series that premiered from 8 February 2015 until 7 August 2018 on Network Ten. It had aspiring entrepreneur-contestants make business presentations to a panel of "shark" investors.[1] Shark Tank was filmed at Fox Studios Australia.

Shark Tank
Shark Tank Australia logo.png
Directed byRandall Churchill
Presented bySarah Harris
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes54
Production location(s)Sydney, New South Wales
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Shine Australia
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2016-2018)
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 February 2015 (2015-02-08) –
7 August 2018 (2018-08-07)
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Four seasons of the program were aired. It was announced on 31 October 2018 that the show would not return for a fifth season in 2019.[2]

Season overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 15 8 February 2015 7 June 2015
2 13 8 May 2016 7 July 2016
3 13 20 June 2017 19 September 2017
4 13 15 May 2018 7 August 2018


The show is hosted by Sarah Harris and features a panel of investors whom are the "sharks", who listen to entrepreneurs pitch ideas for a business or product they wish to develop. The sharks do receive money for their participation, but they invest their own money. These self-made multi-millionaires judge the business concepts and products pitched and then decide whether to invest their own money to help market and mentor each contestant.[3]

The potential exists, if one of the sharks is interested, for a deal to be made right there on the show. However, if all of the sharks decline, the contestant leaves with nothing. Shark Tank has been described as demonstrating "the drama of pitch meetings and the interaction between the entrepreneurs and tycoons."[4]

A 2018 investigation by Fairfax Media revealed that, in 2017, 50 products resulted in 27 deals, however, only four investments actually went ahead.[5]


Shark Tank is the second Australian series to be based on the show format. The first adaptation, Dragons' Den, was an unsuccessful 2005 series that aired on the Seven Network.[6]

Shark Tank premiered on 8 February 2015 and aired 15 episodes through to 7 June 2015 with a regular timeslot of 8:00pm Sunday. It was renewed for a second season in the season finale. Season 2 premiered in 2016 with Glen Richards replacing John McGrath as a panelist. The series was renewed for a third season which began airing on 20 June 2017.[7]

Timeline of sharksEdit

Sharks Seasons
1 2 3 4
Steve Baxter
(Internet pioneer)
Janine Allis
(Boost Juice)
Andrew Banks
Naomi Simson
Glen Richards
(Greencross Vets)[8]
John McGrath
(McGrath Estate Agents)

Season ratingsEdit

Season Timeslot Episodes Premiere Finale Season Average
Sunday 8:00pm 15 8 February 2015 7 June 2015 649,000
Various 13 8 May 2016 7 July 2016 568,000
Various 13 20 June 2017 19 September 2017 530,000
Tuesday 8:30pm 13 15 May 2018 7 August 2018 522,000


  1. ^ Knox, David (1 September 2014). "TEN confirms Shark Tank for 2015". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. ^ Lallo, Michael (31 October 2018). "Network Ten in 2019: What's new, what's returning, what's gone?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ Ten, Network. "About - Shark Tank". TenPlay - About - Shark Tank. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ Lewis, Hilary (31 March 2009). "ABC To Humiliate Entrepreneurs On National TV". Business Insider (Australia). Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ Waters, Cara (17 May 2018). "'I'm out': Shark Tank bites fail to net deal once show goes to air". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ Lee, Ada (29 January 2015). "Reality TV show Shark Tank is where entrepreneurs sink or swim". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Knox, David (29 January 2015). "Returning: Shark Tank 2017". TV Tonight.
  8. ^ Knox, David (2 November 2015). "New Shark enters TEN's Tank". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

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