HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation” just earned the popular cable channel’s highest ratings for a premiere in history, with a 1.43 rating among adults 25-54 and a 1.52 rating in terms of total viewers. We’ll get the actual viewer tally tomorrow.
Monday’s 90-minute episode was HGTV’s highest-rated telecast in more than two and a half years. The time slot soared 160% versus the year-ago levels and +211% over the last six weeks.
“A Very Brady Renovation” was the No. 1 non-sports telecast of the night among adults 25-54 on basic cable.
“We knew ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ would exceed every expectation,” Jane Latman, president of HGTV, said Tuesday in a statement. “This initial ratings and digital performance report has been nothing short of impressive and our entire team is celebrating. ‘The Brady Bunch’ is a pop culture phenomenon with incredible appeal, so we expect viewers to return week after week to watch how HGTV renovated and replicated the real ‘Brady Bunch’ house.”
“A Very Brady Renovation” features the full-scale overhaul of the real Brady Bunch house in Los Angeles. Exterior shots of that house were often used to establish a sense of time and place for the Brady family. HGTV executed a show-stopping transformation of the home by adding 2,000 square feet to its original footprint — all without compromising its instantly recognizable street view. The house was replicated to include the iconic floating staircase, the orange-and-green kitchen, Greg’s attic, the kids Jack-n-Jill bathroom and many more memorable spaces.
HGTV’s “Brady Bunch” house renovation is a four-part series, with new episodes airing each Monday throughout the remainder of September.
All the Brady kids in 1969, the very first season of the show. Clockwise top left: Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Christopher Knight and Barry Williams.
The Brady girls in 1969.
Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady, Eve Plumb as Jan Brady and Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady in a 1972 episode.
Maureen McCormick in 1972, the height of "The Brady Bunch" popularity. She was 16 in this photo.
Maureen and Mike circa 1978, after "The Brady Bunch" was off the air.
Mauren McCormick in 1981.
Maureen McCormick in the 1990s.
Maureen McCormick and husband Michael Cummings in 1998.
Maureen McCormick in 2005.
Mauren McCormick in September 2017.
Barry Williams in a 1972 episode. He was 18 in this photo.
Christopher Knight, Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams attending the 1972 premiere of The Who's rock opera "Tommy."
Barry Williams in 2014.
Barry Williams in October 2017.
Mike Lookinland and Barry William with Eve Plumb in an early "Brady" episode.
Eve Plumb as Jan in a 1971 episode.
Eve Plumb poses for a photo in 1972, when she was 14.
Eve Plumb in 1980.
Eve Plumb in 1988.
Eve Plumb in 2009.
Eve Plumb in 2015.
Eve Plumb in July 2017.
Christopher Knight in a 1972 episode. He was 15 in this photo.
Most of the original cast reunited for "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour," which launched after the original series wrapped. Missing was Eve Plumb, who didn't want to commit to the contract. She was replaced by Geri Reischl, who fans quickly dubbed "Fake Jan."
Christopher Knight in1987 at the Los Angeles Tennis Club.
Christopher Knight in 2010.
Christopher Knight in 2012.
Florence Henderson and Christopher Knight in 2014.
Christopher Knight and Florence Henderson in 2016.
Christopher Knight in May 2017.
Robbie Rist was introduced in the final season of "The Brady Bunch" as Cousin Oliver. Producers hoped that adding a child would restore some of the youthfulness of the earlier seasons.
Robbie Rist recording for Disney Channel in recent years.
Robbie Rist in 2015.
Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady and Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady in 1971.
Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady in 1973. She famously no longer wanted to wear pigtails on the show as she got older but was met with resistance from producers.
Susan and Maureen in the 1980s.
Florence Henderson and Susan Olsen in the 1990s.
Florence and Susan in 2016.
Susan Olsen and Barry Williams in 2008.
Susan Olsen in 2009.
Maureen McCormick and Susan Olsen in the mid 2000s.
Mike Lookinland in 1971.
Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland in 1972.
Ann B. Davis, Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland in 1989.
Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen, Kelly Ripa, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Florence Henderson and Maureen McCormick in 2007.
Mike Lookinland in 2007 during the 5th Annual TV Land Awards.
Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen in May 2017.