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TLC’s “Trading Spaces” reboot garners high ratings in premiere

The television premiere of rebooted home design show Trading Spaces proved to be a ratings hit for Discovery, Inc.’s-owned lifestyle channel TLC. After a decade-long hiatus, Trading Spaces garnered record ratings averaging ...
April 13, 2018

The television premiere of rebooted home design show Trading Spaces proved to be a ratings hit for Discovery, Inc.’s-owned lifestyle channel TLC.

After a decade-long hiatus, Trading Spaces garnered record ratings averaging 2.8 million P2+ viewers and the number one spot in all of television on Saturday night when it premiered on April 7.

Lead-in series Trading Spaces Reunion Special also ranked No. 1 in its time slot for the night, delivering strong 2.5 P2+ viewers. The combined airings of both shows boosted TLC to it’s highest Saturday night in eight years.

Trading Spaces Reunion Special featured the original cast meeting for the first time since the show was pulled from broadcast in 2008. Original cast members making an appearance in the special included Amy Wynn Pastor, Carter Oosterhouse, Doug Wilson, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Paige Davis (pictured), Ty Pennington and Vern Yip.

The premise of Trading Spaces sees two sets of neighbor’s trading rooms and, with the help of a designer and carpenter, making it over with a budget of US$2,000 over a two-day period.

Trading Spaces originally aired on TLC for eight years before the network pulled the plug in 2008. In July 2017, the lifestyle network announced that the hour-long home makeover program would be returning to its airwaves with original host Paige Davis fronting the series.

Trading Spaces is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on the Endemol Shine UK format Changing Rooms for the BBC.

The design show continues April 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with an all-new episode featuring carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse as they “trade spaces” for the first time, while new carpenters Brett Tutor and Joanie Sprague make their series debut.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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