The hosts on HGTV make it look easy! They’re polished, funny, and informative. The seem effortless on camera. But are they? No! Here are some fun examples of when things didn’t go quite right the first time.
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?
This is a repost from earlier this month as I rebuild the site.
A reader posed this question and I thought the answer would be pretty easy to find. Not so!
I’m going to go out on a limb and say we’re not supposed to know what percentage of the time Hilary wins and what percentage David does. If we did know it would be easier to predict the outcome of each episode and remove some of the drama.
Related question, what percentage of the time has Bobby Flay been victorious on Beat Bobby Flay? It’s got to be about 95% so it’s no longer compelling because the outcome is pretty much decided before the battle begins.
Back to Love it or List It, there are also rumors that two endings are filmed, one for “Love It” and one for “List It”, then the producers decide which one to air.
In the end I did find a couple of bits of (outdated) information that point to the same conclusion – homeowners “Love It” about 60% of the time and “List It” about 40% of the time.
Does that match what you thought?