Survivor has outwitted, outplayed and outlasted other reality shows for 34 seasons.

But ahead of tonight's finale, some are wondering if New Zealand's version of the American reality juggernaut will make it past just one season.

Survivor NZ kicked off with much fanfare on May 7, with Matt Chisholm stepping into the shoes of long-term Survivor US host Jeff Probst.

Chisholm received positive reviews and the show has raised several talking points - including Hannah, who claims she was body shamed by being eliminated early, and both Sala and Shannon struggling with online trolls.


But that talkability doesn't appear to have drawn in new viewers.

The series premiered to 172,000 viewers aged 25-54, according to Neilsen ratings.

But that audience has since shrunk, with an average of 144,000 viewers (aged 25-54) watching each episode.

The lowest rating episode saw just 106,000 viewers (aged 25-54) tune in.

When asked if TVNZ was happy with the series performance, director of content Cate Slater said: "As a new series, it's great to see Survivor New Zealand pulling a strong audience each week in a competitive time slot.

"The series has drawn an average audience of over 230,000 AP5+, and is frequently in the top five streamed shows on TVNZ OnDemand."

But she couldn't be drawn on whether or not Survivor New Zealand would return for a second season, saying it has "not been confirmed".

The tribe, it seems, has not yet spoken.

• Survivor NZ's live finale kicks off on TVNZ 2 from 7.30pm.