Tim Allen’s time on FOX will continue for another year.
Announced this morning, the network has officially renewed the Allen-led “Last Man Standing.” The long-running comedy will be returning for its second season on FOX, but eighth season overall, after airing its first six seasons on ABC. The news comes just one day after the network canceled both “Rel” and “The Gifted.”
“Last Man Standing roared out of the gate on FOX, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since,” said FOX Entertainment President, Michael Thorn. “Much of that credit goes to the incredibly funny and talented Tim Allen, not to mention Nancy, Hector and the rest of the show’s great cast. We’d like to thank Kevin, Matt and the entire crew, along with our partners at 20th Century Fox Television, for overseeing one of television’s most popular comedies. We’d also like to congratulate them all on reaching 150 episodes — a milestone that’s well-deserved.”
“Hard to believe ‘Last Man Standing’ hits 150 episodes this week and it gets better with another upcoming season at FOX,” added Allen. “Great news for all of us who are creating these stories and working our pants off to make you all laugh. It’s another big high-five to the legions of loyal fans who have faithfully kept us front and center and huge on the radar. Thanks to our family at FOX who continue to make us feel so at home. Man, if we keep this up, they might have to call our show: Last Man Unable to Stand.”
The series – which was initially canceled by ABC back in 2017, before being revived by FOX a year later – has been considered a shoe-in for renewal ever since it debuted on FOX this past fall. Airing Friday nights, the comedy series has averaged an impressive 1.1 live + same day rating among adults 18-49 with 5.89 million viewers, and has consistently led the typically quiet Friday night primetime ratings this season.
With this renewal, “Last Man Standing” now joins “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “9-1-1,” and “The Resident” on FOX’s growing list of scripted shows renewed for the 2019-20 season.