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Tim Allen breaks silence: 'Stunned and blindsided' by ABC

'Last Man Standing' fans start petition over cancellation ABC's Cancellation Of 'Last Man Standing' Has Lead To A Petition And Boycott Of The Network
Theresa Hayes | 17 May, 2017, 11:45

Though Last Man Standing's ratings weren't off-the-charts (a Friday night slot can be a tough sell for audiences), there's a chance the show may have been canceled for other reasons.

Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. Not without a fight, at least to judge by the uproar over ABC's announcement that the Tim Allen sitcom won't be back in the fall.

Have viewers seen the last of "Last Man Standing"? As of this writing, the petition is around 36k short of their goal of 150k signees.

The show has had consistently low ratings throughout its run, but kept getting renewed against expectations. Meanwhile, another long-lived show, "2 Broke Girls", saw its demise at CBS after six seasons.

Last Man Standing was ABC's second-highest-rated comedy only behind the critically adored (and decidedly progressive) Modern Family.

Dungey's conference call on ABC's 2017-2018 primetime lineup was scheduled from 12:00-12:30 p.m. EDT. The half hour sitcom averaged 6.4 million viewers in their last season with 1.15 in the 18-49 demographic, according to TV Series Finale.

While ABC has not blamed the cancellation on Allen's political views, many fans still believe that's why it was canceled.

The Real O'Neals, Dr. Ken and American Crime were ratings disasters (and none of them moved the cultural conversation much, with the exception of O'Neals, which appeared to exist exclusively to piss off Christians), so there's no surprise in those cancellations.

The petition, which has accumulated almost 100,000 signatures at the time of this writing, makes the case that Last Man Standing "appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify".

An online petition on change.org called for a boycott of ABC for yanking the show and praised its "conservative values" - values many angry fans accused ABC of wanting to muzzle. ABC makes less money off shows that aren't produced by ABC Studios.

The show's creator, Jack Burditt, retweeted a tweet from The Adam Carolla Show that shared the petition.

A representative for ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the article will be updated if we hear from them. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family.

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