ABC's 'Last Man Standing' Posts Huge Time-Slot Gains in its First Season

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May 9th, 2012

via press release:

At 8pm, opposite CBS’ NCIS, ABC’s season finale of Last Man Standing stood as the 2nd most-watched TV show, outdrawing the opening half-hour of Fox’s Glee by 5% and NBC’s Fashion Star by 57%.  Additionally, self-starter Last Man Standing qualified as Tuesday’s most-watched comedy, beating the season finale of Fox’s New Girl by 1.1 million viewers in the 9pm half-hour.


  • ABC’s Last Man Standing surged by double digits week to week in Adults 18-49 (+13%).


  • During its first season, Last Man Standing delivered huge time-period gains in for ABC in Total Viewers (+41%) and Adults 18-49 (+42%) over the prior season.


In the 8:30pm half-hour, Cougar Town spiked over the prior week in Adults 18-49 (+15%) and Adults 18-34 (+38%), equaling an 7-week high and an 10-week high – since 3/20/12 and 2/28/12, respectively.


Jumping over its lead-in at 9pm, ABC’s DWTS Results Show topped the opening hour of NBC’s The Voice finale by 2.4 million viewers.  In a double elimination, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and actress Melissa Gilbert were the next celebrities to leave the dance competition this season.


  • Despite facing The Voice finale, ABC’s DWTS Results Show retained 100% of its week-ago “Fast Affiliate” Adult 18-49 ratingBuilding week to week, the ABC unscripted series posted its top Adult 18-34 number in 5 weeks and best-since premiere numbers with key Men (M18-34/M18-49) – since 4/3/12 and 3/27/12, respectively.


During the 10 o’clock hour against the conclusion of The Voice finale, ABC’s Private Practice dominated its CBS drama competition for the 4th week running in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34, leading CBS’ Unforgettable by 38% and 125%, respectively.

  • John

    Bill & Robert prediction for renewal was 60% and 70%… I think 95% was more appropriate. After this release I can say 100%! xD

    And I’m happy about it because that is my favourite new comedy show this season.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    I had a feeling this show would be fine….and it will be. :)

    I really like seeing Tim on TV and the cast as a whole is great!

    ABC will surely give this a 2nd season!

  • DougF

    Really ABC pushing overall viewers? And that LMS had 1.1 million more viewers than New Girl.

    Good job leaving out that part where New Girl beat it by a point and a tenth in the rating that really matters.

  • Ryne

    I really like this show. The ratings the last 4 or 5 episodes have been a little suspect but I hope it is enough to get a second season.

  • gregg

    when is Abc going to aNNOUNCE THEIR NEW SCHEDULE. I’m more interested in them than any of the other networks. there shows are great

  • Holly


    ABC is presenting at 4 pm on the 15th (Tuesday), so I would expect the schedule to be released either the evening of the 14th or the morning of the 15th.

  • Bill Gorman
  • NBC is still incomplete

    This show should be coming back next season with Reba’s Malibu County.

  • Joe

    So a show that gets a 1.7 warrants this kind of praise? Has this spring been that bad?

  • Laurence Owen

    Great vehicle for Tim Allen and good supporting cast. Its great to see the return of sitcoms instead of the scripted so called “reality” crap. I also like the B in Apartment 23 a very well written show.

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