Weekly News and Links

FantasyLifestyleFeb16

HGTV has a category called “Fantasy Lifestyle” that includes shows such as Caribbean Life, Island Life, and Hawaii Life and it has ordered nearly 100 additional episodes. That’s a lot of fantasy!

In other HGTV news, the network has landed in the number one spot in cable for women for the last three weeks.

Lots of Fixer Upper news as usual:
How does the show work? Several couples share their experiences of being on the show.
Have you wondered what’s between Chip and Joanna’s legs when filming? I didn’t know this was a thing.
So many people tried booking Magnolia House that the website crashed. BTW, its $695 per night for the whole house.

More backstage info, this time from David Bromstad about ‘My Lottery Dream Home’

Lest we forget about the Property Brothers
Tour their Las Vegas home and find out how they spend their time in Vegas then read their answers to five questions about home improvement.

18 things you may not know about Flip or Flop’s Christina and Tarek.

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How Often are the Same Shows On?

HouseHuntersFeb16

As I’ve been putting together each Friday’s post, What’s New Next Week, I’m noticing that not that much is new and in fact there’s not a lot of variety in the weekly schedule either. You’ve probably noticed this too – the same shows seem to be on all the time. The couple of time slots in which the network experiments are early in the morning and sometimes on the weekends.

If you’re a regular viewer you know the top shows right now are Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Love it or List it and the various House Hunters.

So, how often are the same shows on? I looked at Sunday through Saturday this week and here are some answers.

The winner for most showings is…a tie. House Hunters and Flip or Flop will each be on 34 times this week! That’s 32% of total shows this week.

Property Brothers (24 times) and Love it or List (23 times) are next. These two represent 22% of total shows this week.

Just these four shows represent over half of the programming on HGTV this week!

I also looked at the categories the shows fall into – Renovation, House Hunting, Flipping, or Design.

House hunting shows such as House Hunters, Caribbean Life, etc. account for 40% of all programming.
Renovation shows such as Property Brothers and Love it or List it account for 37%.
Flipping shows such as Flip or Flop and 5 Day Flip account for 17% and of course most of that is Flip or Flop.
Design shows (and I was widely inclusive here) such as Ellen’s Design Challenge and Flea Market Flip account for 6% and of course Ellen’s Design Challenge is a limited run show.

What does all this mean for you? For each of us the answer will be different. If you’re a Flip or Flop fan maybe you’ll be thrilled with this week’s programming. I like the show but won’t watch any of the episodes beside the new one. I’m also a big fan of House Hunters and will watch each new episode of it this week. What I miss are the design and craft shows and I’d love to see that percentage go way up. How about you? What would you like to see more or less of?