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HGTV’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Reboot Nails Down 4.2 Million Viewers in Premiere

That’s counting three days of DVR viewing

HGTV brought back “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Sunday and the “Move that bus” reality show moved the needle to the tune of 4.2 million viewers, including three days of DVR catchup.

This version, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, scored a 1.09 rating among adults 25-54, which represents a 142% increase over the previous six weeks and a +70% lift over the year-ago level, according to Live + 3 Day data from Nielsen.

Per the cable channel, “HGTV’s spin on the iconic home renovation series ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ showcases great stories, inspired volunteers and gorgeous home renovations for families who give back to their communities. The whole-home overhauls include interior, exterior and landscaping–all completed in record time while the family is sent away.”

The premiere ranked as a Top 5 cable program in Sunday’s 9-10 p.m. time slot among all adults in the 25-54 demo, as well as women in that age range. Within that specific female demo, the reboot scored a 1.35 live-plus-three-day rating, up 170% over the previous six weeks and +65% from last year’s comparable period.

The reboot was also a hit with the wealthy, ranking as a Top 3 cable program in its time period among “upscale” women ages 25-54 (1.78 rating) and a Top 5 cable show among all upscale adults 25-54 (1.26 rating), per Nielsen’s L+3s.

Additionally, the episode nailed down a 1.15 rating among all persons over the age of 2 and a 2.17 household rating.

“The premiere episode’s strong ratings performance confirms that superfans of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ were eager to tune in Sunday night and see the magic of the ‘move the bus’ moment with HGTV’s signature spin,” HGTV president Jane Latman said. “With nine more incredible stories to tell in the coming weeks, we expect viewers to return every Sunday night to be inspired by the deserving families, surprise special guests and amazing home transformations.”

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HGTV.