'Last Man Standing' and 'Malibu Country' Get 5 More Episodes Each

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November 28th, 2012

Both of ABC's Friday night comedies - the freshman Malibu Country and the sophomore Last Man Standing received back orders for 5 additional episodes. That will give both series 18 episodes this season.

Here's the release:



These Join Previously Announced Pick-ups for “Nashville,” “The Neighbors” and “Scandal”


ABC has picked up five additional episodes each of comedies “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country,” it was announced today. These pick-ups join previously announced orders for new drama “Nashville,” new comedy “The Neighbors,” and returning drama “Scandal.”

“Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” air Friday nights at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. ET, respectively, on the ABC Television Network.

Since its premiere, ABC sophomore comedy “Last Man Standing” is the top-rated show in Friday’s 8:00 p.m. half-hour with Adults 18-49 (2.1/7). Boosting its time period year to year by 76% in Total Viewers and by 91% in Adults 18-49 on average, “Last Man Standing” premiered with ABC’s biggest numbers in the half-hour in well over 2-1/2 years – since 1/1/10.


Retaining 100% Adult 18-49 lead-in (2.1/7) from “Last Man Standing” and gaining viewers, ABC’s “Malibu Country” stands as TV’s most-watched freshman comedy this season (8.7 million). The new ABC sitcom is No. 1 in the time period across all key Women demographics (W18-34 / W18-49 / W25-54) and is the broadcast leader with Teens 12-17. Like its lead-in, “Malibu Country” is producing big year-over-year increases for ABC, improving its half-hour by 85% in Total Viewers and by 91% in Adults 18-49 from the same nights last year. Among Adults 18-49, “Malibu Country” opened as Friday’s top-rated scripted series debut on any network in over 5 years -- since October 2007.

“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate. The series was created by Jack Burditt, is executive-produced by Tim Doyle, Tim Allen, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Kevin Abbott and Kevin Hench, and is from Twentieth Century Fox Television.

“Malibu Country” stars Reba as Reba, Lily Tomlin as Lillie Mae, Sara Rue as Kim, Justin Prentice as Cash, Juliette Angelo as June and Jai Rodriguez as Geoffrey. The series is executive-produced by Nastaran Dibai (“According to Jim,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”), Mindy Schultheis (“Reba,” “Titus”), Michael Hanel (“Reba,” “Titus”), Reba, Narvel Blackstock, Dave Stewart (member of the rock group The Eurythmics) -- who also created the series -- and Pamela Oas Williams (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). “Malibu Country” is from ABC Studios.


  • Verus

    A few more episodes before they both get canned ?

  • david

    I am not to surprised about this. Seeing as they were steady for two weeks in a row at a little low for my liking but steady none the less. It sounds like ABC is happy with them so far. I think it is to early to be thinking about sindication for them because they need a long way to go for that but it could be possible for that to happen. I think as others have mentioned they just need to stay in the mid 1.5 range to be good.

  • Ryan

    I am happy because I really love LMS even with the recent cast changes and MC is solid too, but I am confused, didn’t ABC order 3 more episodes of each a few weeks ago, bringing the total to 16. With these 5, doesn’t that make it 21 instead of 18. Kind of confused

  • omabin

    Yay for Malibu Country. I don’t watch LMS so i don’t care for that one but very happy for malibu. It’s a cute little show

  • Dan

    @Ryan – No, ABC ordered 3 more scripts which is not an episode order but usually done by a network when they are interested in picking up a series and want to see the direction it is going in. It doesnt necessarily mean a pick up but in this case for LMS and MC those 3 scripts will now be produced into episodes. In contrast ABC ordered 2 additional scripts for Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue but those shows will not get anymore episodes produced.

    @Oliver – Actually Apartment 23 has 19 episodes because 6 were produced for season 1 but not aired until this season and 13 are produced for season 2, giving the show a technical full season without ABC having to produce anymore than the initial order. Since production on the 13 episode second season is likely done by now, all 19 Apartment 23 eps will be produced and aired.

    Maybe its because of how late the comedies premiered or the fact that ABC may want to air something else in the Friday 8pm slot by late March but I;m sure they could always give the shows more eps, should ratings merit.

  • John A

    as long as LMS doesnt do any worse it might get 4 more to bring it to 22 and then renewed for syndication.

  • The Watcher

    Interesting move.
    Both shows are career reboots for established sitcom stars, both are similar in many ways to the shows that made them TV stars, and both are underperforming enough to be moved to the ratings slum of Friday.
    Both are probably on the expensive side to produce.
    I doubted that either one would be back next year, but now it looks like a possibility. Maybe ABC is willing to keep them alive as long as they maintain the currrent numbers. Certain advertisers really like Tim and Reba.


    News was not unexpected

  • gerry

    i agree w the watcher. tim and reba, though they don’t to much for me (especially him, god..) have an appeal to a certain demo. and my guess is that this same demo doesn’t do alot on friday night.

  • MJ

    WAY TO GO Malibu Country!!!! What a GREAT FAMILY sHOW!!!!

  • Pavel

    Thanks. I saw the term being used a lot here, so I was wondering what it meant.

  • Nick

    Whoever said this was an equivalent to a back 9 is wrong. A back 9 basically says that the networks are confident that the show could merit 3 more full seasons to get the 88 episodes needed for stripped syndication.
    A full 22 could definitely be possible for LMS & MC. It’s just that ABC doesn’t want to make the commitment yet.
    If Malibu Country doesn’t get the other 4 episodes, it likely won’t see a season 2. LMS doesn’t really apply to that b/c it got 24 in season 1, but it would still help its case.

    Too bad. I like both shows, even though LMS just isn’t the same after they changed the oldest daughter’s actress.

  • P L Sims

    So happy there will be more episodes of Malibu Country-it gets better and better and funnier each week. Hope it is renewed for next season. It is so nice to have a decent, family comedy that our family can watch together. Thanks, ABC

  • flychick86

    Wow. Also, “Reba as Reba”. Lol. Kinda scary. I saw a topic on this yesterday night, but didn’t click.

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