Three months after “Risky Builders” aired on a Sunday afternoon, Western New York house flippers Chris and Lorissa Naugle are getting a shot in prime time on HGTV.
The pilot episode that aired in late June is being repeated at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on HGTV.
Here’s an edited version of the summary of the episode from HGTV: “Along with their best friend Blair, the Naugles have successfully bought, renovated and sold more than 40 homes in the last year alone. With an eye for design and a much younger, hipper aesthetic than what Western New York is used to seeing, this trio is cashing in on the current red-hot Buffalo real estate market.”
The repeat on Thursday could be a test of whether HGTV will commission more episodes.
The pilot episode was a hit in Western New York. However, HGTV didn’t provide a national rating.
The 30-minute pilot, which featured the renovation of a Clarence Center home, had a strong 3.3 live local rating, which is unusually high for a Sunday afternoon program here on cable or broadcast television. It kept the same rating for each 15-minute segment.
"Risky Builders," which was heavily publicized by the media here, won its time slot. To put the local rating in even more perspective, many prime-time programs on broadcast television fail to get a rating that high here in the summer.