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“GR producers create prime time cable hit.”
NEW YORK – June 25, 2013 – With more than 6.1 million total viewers tuning in to Renovation Raiders since its May 30 series debut, HGTV has announced its second season renewal. Viewers seem to like the spectacle of surprise renovations being executed while homeowners are out to dinner! Featuring host and licensed contractor Amy Matthews, the series is also ranked as one of cable’s top-rated programs on Thursday nights and is currently HGTV’s No. 3 program behind perennial favorites House Hunters and HGTV Star.
The show was created by producer/actor Scott Erickson, the executive producer of the Grand Rapids LipDub Video, and his creative and producing partner Kevin Budzynski. The Grand Rapids natives wrapped January filming on the short film “The Fly,” which is currently in post-production and is set for wide online distribution late this Fall.
“We are pleased with the out-of-the-gate success of Renovation Raiders,” said Kathleen Finch, SVP/GM of HGTV. “Our viewers are captivated by the mission impossible, edge-of-your-seat renovation projects, making it the perfect time to renew the series.”
Through its first four airings, Renovation Raiders (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET) has averaged a 0.59 P25-54 rating, making it the third highest-rated Prime (M-Su 8P-11P) program on HGTV for the month of June. Also attracting an upscale audience, the series is ranked as the sixth highest rated Thursday 9-10P program among all ad-supported cable programs for P25-54 with a household income of $125K+.
In each episode of HGTV’s Renovation Raiders, Matthews and her construction crew pull off a major remodel – lavish living rooms to gorgeous kitchens – in the time it takes the homeowners to go out for dinner and a movie. Every hour-long episode captures the thrilling journey including secret site visits, a warehouse practice renovation and coordinated delay tactics, all with the goal of achieving an amazing transformation in less than five hours. New episodes air on HGTV every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Erickson and Budzynski are currently developing their first web series with creator and screenwriter Nick Kusto, who penned “The Fly” short film screenplay.