From the very first episode of ABC's hit comedy “Last Man Standing,” comedian Tim Allen made it clear that he was not afraid to take potshots at liberal ideals. He even landed direct hits on former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
But Allen, who voiced early support for Ohio Governor John Kasich, has also made some scathing comments about the PC culture that is prevalent in Hollywood, likening it to 1930s Germany during a recent TV appearance with Jimmy Kimmel.
Six seasons in, the Friday night sitcom was enjoying what should have been a comfortable position:
- ABC's second most-watched comedy behind “Modern Family”
- 8.1 million viewers in the “Live +7” category
In its sixth and final season, Last Man Standing averaged a very respectable for any night and especially Friday, 1.2 Live+same day rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers, regularly winning its 8-8:30 PM time slot.
While most returning shows were down year-to-year 20-30%, LMS was virtually flat, off just by 5% in total viewers and adults 18-49 (L+SD).
With such solid ratings — and the box office appeal of Tim Allen — the news of the show's cancellation came as a shock to many. And while Deadline explained that the change may have been purely a financial move...
The Tim Allen-starring multi-camera sitcom often had gone down to the wire on renewals, with ABC and producing studio 20th Century Fox TV wrangling over the series’ license fee. ABC is supposed to cover the cost of the show at this point in its run, and LMS is on the higher end for a multi-camera sitcom because of the marquee salary Allen commands, but 20th TV had agreed to license fee reductions in the past and reportedly were open to another one. This time, there was no negotiating or bargaining, with ABC simply deciding against another season.
But many seem convinced that that move was political.