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How 'House Hunters' became the most unstoppable juggernaut on TV

How 'House Hunters' became the most unstoppable juggernaut on TV

In this age of "peak TV," when hundreds of intricate and high-quality shows must fight for survival, the success of a milquetoast show like "House Hunters" barely makes sense: The proudly formulaic HGTV series follows random homebuyers as they pat down laminate countertops and calmly discuss closet space.

But to the astonishment of rival networks, "House Hunters" remains one of the most unlikely and unstoppable juggernauts on TV. The show last year aired a staggering 447 new episodes — far more than the typical 12-to-22-episode cable season — and helped HGTV become one of the most-watched cable networks in America.

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