On Friday, after lobbying and hoping for the return of the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” viewers finally saw the result of their fight, with the return of the show after its cancellation in 2017.
The show, one of the only shows to have a conservative character with the freedom to express his own views, gained a large and loyal following among Americans over its six years on the air. When it was canceled it still was at the top of the ratings, as ABC’s second-highest rated comedy.
Fox saw an opportunity and picked it up.
And that gamble appears to have paid off, with a terrific showing in a triumphant return, according to Variety.
Last Man Standing averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. By comparison, the Season 6 premiere on ABC drew a 1.1 rating and 6 million viewers, while that season as a whole averaged a 1.2 rating and 6.4 million viewers. In fact, the last time the series drew over 8 million viewers was back in its fourth season, and the last time it drew a 1.8 rating or better was in Season 2. It was also Fox’s most watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was by far the top-rated show of Friday night.
ABC had denied that it canceled the show for political reasons, although many speculated that might have factored into it. They blamed the cancelation on the production costs of the show.
Tim Allen said he had been “blindsided” by the cancellation.
From Daily Wire:
There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative. That was the most dangerous thing,” Allen said. “Because he was mitigated on his show by a family of women that had different opinions — but the guy was a likable guy, a principled guy, just about work and ethics and all this stuff. I think there’s nothing more dangerous now than a likable conservative character.
Shortly after the cancellation, a Change.org petition was signed by nearly 450,000 people protesting ABC’s decision, and asking for a revival. Where ABC was unmoved, Fox saw an opportunity, announcing in May that they had picked up the sitcom for a seventh season.
And it certainly looks like they made the right call, given the fabulous ratings.
It’s no secret that many Americans want to see something other than just the liberal view from Hollywood.
And it’s nice to finally have that option again.
— Last Man Standing (@LastManStanding) September 29, 2018