Proving that right-leaning comedy does indeed have a place on mainstream television, Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” is once again coming back as it has been approved for an eighth season.
— Jet Jurgensmeyer (@JetJurgensmeyer) April 18, 2019
According to The Wrap, the show that was once canceled by ABC despite its success was picked up by Fox and debuted to massive viewership. The show has maintained that viewership since.
According to Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, renewing the show was something of a no-brainer as he called it “one of television’s most popular comedies”:
“‘Last Man Standing’ roared out of the gate on Fox, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since,” said Michael Thorn, president, Entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “Much of that credit goes to the incredibly funny and talented Tim Allen, not to mention Nancy, Hector and the rest of the show’s great cast. We’d like to thank Kevin, Matt and the entire crew, along with our partners at 20th Century Fox Television, for overseeing one of television’s most popular comedies. We’d also like to congratulate them all on reaching 150 episodes – a milestone that’s well-deserved.”
The sitcom’s September premiere marked the network’s most-watched comedy in almost seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was the show’s highest-rated episode since the Season 2 premiere on ABC.
Comparatively, The Connors is not doing so well, with actors and crew already being forced to take a pay cut due to the shows flagging audience. The decline began when they fired Roseanne Barr from the show, whom many thought provided the actual laughs, as well as the politically middle of the road stances.
While some networks eliminate right-leaning viewpoints from their networks, Fox embraced the idea and is continuously rewarded for it.
The show that Allen built will now head toward it’s 150th episode, which the show’s Twitter account celebrated with a short clip.
— Last Man Standing (@LastManStanding) April 17, 2019