(Zachary Leeman, LifeZette) ABC is in hot water for canceling the conservative sitcom, “Last Man Standing.” A petition on change.org already has over 100,000 signatures from fans demanding the return of the show, yet the network seems incapable of coming up with any reasonable excuse for why it nixed the successful sitcom.
“I canceled ‘Last Man Standing’ for the same business and scheduling reasons I canceled ‘The Real O’Neals,’ ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘The Catch,’ ‘American Crime,’” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told Deadline on Tuesday about her reasoning for axing Tim Allen’s show.
The issues of logic start here. All the shows listed by Dungey suffered from poor ratings and had only been on the air for one or two seasons. “Last Man Standing” had been airing for six seasons, meaning syndication deals were now a factor — and it was the third highest-rated show on the network, not far behind the renewed “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Dungey continued the generic excuses when she said ABC decided to stop airing comedies on Friday night, the night “Last Man Standing” was shown. “It was a challenging [call] because it was a steady performer, but when we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Friday that’s where it landed.”
This is not an excuse audiences should buy, as highly rated shows with loyal followings make changes in airing days all the time.
“The truth of the matter is that there are many factors that go into the decision-making process: ratings, critical acclaim. Of course we look at ownership structure. I don’t think we are alone,” Dungey said. “I wouldn’t say that was the deciding factor.”