Americans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the hit television series “Last Man Standing,” after the show was booted off the air by ABC and picked up by Fox. Strangely enough, ABC didn’t give a direct answer as to why they dropped the show, despite continually great ratings. Many Americans speculated that ABC dropped the show based on political differences. The revival of the show premiered on Friday evening, which marked the show’s seventh season, but its first on Fox network. When all was said and done, “Last Man Standing” took the title of highest rated show for the evening.
“Tim Allen and Fox are waking up to some very good news this morning,” stand EW’s James Hibbered. He went on, “ABC not so much.”
This past Friday evening, “Last Man Standing” had an average of 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, as reported by Variety. 8 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m. show.
Western Journal writes, “The show’s Fox debut outstripped its season six debut on ABC, when the conservative-themed comedy scored a 1.1 rating with 6 million viewers.”
“Like with the huge ratings return of ‘Roseanne’ last spring, the strong numbers for LMS likely indicate an appetite for shows that provide a different perspective to most fare on TV,” Deadline reported.
“This was Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years,” reported EW. “The comedy was not expected to grow because, frankly, older shows rarely improve year over year, changing networks usually does not boost an audience and Fox has long struggled to get viewers to their Friday night lineup. But LMS has had the benefit of more press attention than usual thanks to the network shakeup, so perhaps that helped matters.”
— Last Man Standing (@LastManStanding) September 29, 2018
AOL wrote that the writers packed in some subtly blatant hits on ABC network for canceling the show in the first place.
“Why would they cancel a popular show that everybody loves?” the character of Kyle Anderson casually states as he’s looking for his favorite television show to watch.
“Maybe they’re a buncha idiots,” answers Tim Allen’s character, Mike Baxter.
When Anderson successfully finds the show he was looking for, Allen’s character states, “Am I wrong or is it like way better on this network?”
Then he turns to the camera and says, “Well, it’s pretty rare, but the show must have a lot of loyal, kicka– fans, huh?”
It’s reasons like this that make “Last Man Standing” such a fan favorite. It’s great to see that the show is doing so well after being taken on by Fox!