More than 1 million New Zealanders - that's almost one-fourth of the country - watched last night's series finale of reality TV show The Block NZ, TV3 has announced.

Sibling Libby and Ben Crawford won the contest, in which four couples renovated run-down houses with the goal of selling them for auction at the highest price.

Auckland couple Lisa and Stewart Hampton paid $961,000 - $157,000 above valuation - for 78 Anzac St in a televised auction last night. The Crawfords won the profit made on the property and an $80,000 cash prize.


"We are absolutely thrilled with the way Kiwis have embraced the show and the couples," MediaWorks acting head of programming Mark Caulton said in a statement. "The Block NZ has exceeded all our expectations."

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A total of 1,099,400 New Zealanders tuned in during the two-hour finale. The final episode attracted an average audience of 491,600 Kiwis with viewership peaking at 628,500 in the final 15 minutes of the finale, TV3 said.

- Herald Online