When ABC canceled “Last Man Standing” eyebrows were certainly raised, but the revival was a rating success Friday night as the debut of its 7th season -its first on Fox – became the highest rated show for the night drawing 8 million viewers.
“Last Man Standing” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 19-49 on Friday, reported Variety.
“Tim Allen and Fox are waking up to some very good news this morning,” wrote EW’s James Hibbered. “ABC not so much.”
According to EW, “this was Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years.”
In contrast, the conservative-themed show’s 6th season debut on ABC scored a rating of 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 explained.
“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.”
On the official Twitter account for the show, (@LastManStanding) it was asked, “Who missed Mike’s words of wisdom? #LastManStanding”
— Last Man Standing (@LastManStanding) September 29, 2018
The show also included some pretty obvious digs at the fact that it had been canceled by ABC:
“Why would they cancel a popular show that everybody loves?” character Kyle Anderson says as he unsuccessfully searches for his favorite TV show.
“Maybe they’re a buncha idiots,” calls out Mike Baxter, the character played by Tim Allen.
When Anderson finally find the show he wants, Baxter asks, “Am I wrong or is it like way better on this network?”
He then turns to the camera and replies:
“Well, it’s pretty rare, but the show must have a lot of loyal, kicka– fans, huh?” he said.
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