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Dan Snierson
December 15, 2011 AT 10:02 PM EST

You might want to purchase a few extra boxes of Kleenex before you watch the next few installments of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: ABC will end the long-running and uplifting reality series in January, the network announced today. The show, which dramatically renovated more than 200 houses for in-need families in all 50 states while galvanizing communities and moistening millions of viewers’ tear ducts, will unveil its last two episodes in January. In the 200th and final episode, airing Jan. 13, seven homes will be built in a week for victims of the tornadoes that ravaged Joplin, Mo.

The Emmy-winning, Ty Pennington-hosted show premiered in 2003 and averaged a series-high of 15.8 million viewers during the 2004-05 season, but has been earning only 5.9 million viewers in its ninth season after a move from Sunday to Friday. ABC did note that EM:HE will return to the air with specials after this season.

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