Tim Allen’s Mike Baxter can finally sit down again, with his time on ABC Friday nights officially reaching its end.
“Last Man Standing” has been canceled by the network late this afternoon, following the conclusion of its sixth season back in March. Hailing from creator Jack Burditt, the series starred Allen as the head of a Sporting Goods store in Colorado and father of three daughters, trying to maintain his manliness even as his own personal world became increasingly more dominated by the women in his life.
In addition to Allen, the series featured an impressive cast of supporting players, including Hector Elizondo, Nancy Travis, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever and Christoph Sanders.
Where many comedies failed to maintain an audience during Friday nights as well, “Last Man Standing” had managed to perform consistently well for itself throughout its six seasons. Averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in Live +7 numbers this season, the series was Allen’s return to both television and ABC following his beloved work on the 90s sitcom, “Home Improvement.”
It’s unclear what exactly led to the series’ cancellation, but with six seasons in the books, it’s possible that contract negotiations are what led to friction between the series’ creative players and the network itself. But with six successful seasons and a syndication deal already made on CMT, “Last Man Standing” made for yet another impressive addition to Allen’s TV resume.
“Last Man Standing” joins a growing list of series canceled by ABC and many of the other networks already canceled this year, which you can find the full list of by clicking here.