ABC has canceled the sitcom, Last Man Standing, after six seasons, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
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The show starred Tim Allen as a devoted but cranky father, and head of a sporting goods chain; Nancy Travis played his long-suffering wife.
Last Man Standing‘s ratings held steady throughout the now final season, hovering around seven to eight million viewers per episode.
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But that’s a far cry from its initial season when it routinely captured more than 10 million viewers per episode. The so-so ratings, and the fact that Fox, and not ABC, owns the show was enough for the network to lower the ax.
When a ratings-starved show is not owned by its network, it’s often canceled because the network gains little in residual profits by keeping it on the air.
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For Allen, Last Man Standing must be considered a successful return to television after the comedian starred in the hugely successful Home Improvement. Last Man Standing aired 130 episodes and is now a likely candidate for syndication.
— Phillip Swann
Last Man Standing’s “so-so ratings” usually won it’s Friday night death slot as more and more viewers turn away from Friday night programs in general. Cancelling the usually most-watched Friday night show for lesser-rated shows or experiments doesn’t seem very wise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_night_death_slot