After six seasons, ABC has announced it’s cancelling Last Man Standing, due to it’s…respectable ratings?
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 18-64 and 6.4 million viewers, 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).
The cancelation is a financial hit to 20th TV, which had sold LMS in syndication where the sitcom has been doing very well, a rare off-network ratings success story these days.
But why would you cancel such a successful show? A show that reached an audience networks claim to want to reach? No one really knows, though we have a few ideas.
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Look, it’s easy to jump to conclusions. Especially since the entertainment industry isn’t hiding their hatred toward half of the country. A hatred they weren’t hiding before Donald Trump was elected either. Comparing Last Man Standing to a show like Once Upon a Time, which hasn’t been good in years (in my opinion) is hard to do, since DVRs and on demand viewing make it difficult to use ratings as a show indicator.
But Last Man Standing, by all measurable statistics, at least appears to be a Friday night and syndication success for all involved. So, what’s the problem here?
A rhetorical question. Last Man Standing played by its own rules and pulled no punches in mocking the left. Which its audience enjoyed. But “woke” tolerant liberals did not. Because if you’re a conservative, how dare you. Watch Grey’s Anatomy (yes, that one is still on) and enjoy all the gay plot lines. Or else you’re a homophobic bigot.