The Most Popular Home Improvement Show May Surprise You (Hint: It’s Not Fixer Upper)

It only seems like Chip and Joanna Gaines took over the world. In truth, they don’t even have the most popular home improvement show on television anymore.

Fixer Upper left a huge hole to fill in the hearts of so many shiplap-obsessed Americans. People shed real tears when the beloved Gaines family announced that they’d be taking a step back from the show. They ended the show after the fifth season to focus on spending quality time together instead. The show still lives on in reruns and it’s still quite popular. However, another home improvement couple has taken the top spot for most popular home improvement show.

Chip and Joanna Gaines on set
Chip and Joanna Gaines on set | Chip Gaines via Instagram

What is the most popular home improvement show?

The website Joybird analyzed Google Trends across the country to determine the country’s favorite shows. What they found was surprising: Chip and Joanna came in second place. The most popular home renovation show is Flip or Flop.

So what do Tarek and Christina have that Chip and Jo don’t? Well, obviously this is a recent poll, and true Fixer Upper fans are likely to be familiar with every single episode. There are only so many times you can watch Chip Gaines demo the same brick fireplace. In contrast, Tarek and Christina El Moussa are still creating new content for Flip or Flop even though they’re divorced now. Surely the fans are also drawn to the potential for drama.

Rounding out the top five most popular shows in the nation are Home Town, This Old House, and Sweat Equity. Other favorites include Sarah’s House, House Hunters, and Flipping Out.

Tarek and Christina El Moussa
Tarek and Christina | Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Lakewood Center

Is ‘Fixer Upper’ popular in Texas?

You’d think that a show based in Waco – and one that’s so undeniably proud of those Texas roots – would score well among Texans, right? Well, not exactly. When Joybird broke down the results to determine favorite home improvement shows by state, First Time Flippers took home top prize in the Lone Star State. This series follows people who are new to the home flipping game and are hoping to become the next Chip and Joanna Gaines. Or earn as much money as them, anyway.

A few states did rank Fixer Upper number one overall (Alabama, Kansas, Montana, and North Carolina specifically). But overall, Americans prefer a bit more tension and less perfection with their home renovations.

Fixer upper work space
Fixer Upper | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Ultimately it doesn’t matter which home improvement show you watch, or if you watch them at all. The most important thing to keep in mind is that home flipping isn’t typically as easy as they make it seem on television. Expect to spend a lot of money and make a lot of mistakes before you start raking in cash like your favorite HGTV stars.

One way to guarantee success? Just enjoy the shows and leave the renovating to the professionals.