It is hard to not to absolutely fall in love with actor Tim Allen and his growing band of followers showed they would continue to support him and his show, “Last Man Standing,” regardless of what network the show was on.
As E!News reports, the show was all but cemented at the top of the rating chart before it was canceled by ABC. Then, Fox picked up the show and now it is back on top of the chart once again.
From the report:
Last Man Standing was one of the top shows on Friday nights for six seasons. Then ABC canceled it, to the surprise of everyone involved. And then, again, to the surprise of everyone involved, Fox brought the show back to life. The return of the sitcom starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis had huge ratings, the premiere was watched by 8.1 million viewers and notched a 1.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Travis said those numbers felt “great.”
“We were very excited to come back and were hoping the audience would be there and support us and they were,” she told E! News during a recent set visit. “Better than we ever could’ve expected, really.”
TownHall similarly reported that the show received a warm welcome by Allen’s fans, despite the network change:
It turns out audiences were itching to see Tim Allen’s outspoken conservative character on “Last Man Standing” be outspoken again. Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, wasn’t afraid to tell his kids just what he thinks about political correctness, or his wife just what he thinks about Hillary Clinton.
Some conservatives suggested that the main character’s non-PC nature was the reason ABC decided to cancel the show, despite its rather large and devoted audience. The network denied that accusation. Months later, the show was picked up by Fox.
And, via Variety:
“Last Man Standing” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. By comparison, the Season 6 premiere on ABC drew a 1.1 rating and 6 million viewers, while that season as a whole averaged a 1.2 rating and 6.4 million viewers. In fact, the last time the series drew over 8 million viewers was back in its fourth season, and the last time it drew a 1.8 rating or better was in Season 2. It was also Fox’s most watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was by far the top-rated show of Friday night.
Fans of Tim Allen are going to be happy to hear he may be looking at another reboot, his former show, “Home Improvement.”
The show aired from 1991 to 1999 and showcased the daily struggles and joys of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. Allen was joined by Patricia Richardson, who played his wife Jill on the show, Richard Karn, Earl Hindman, Debbe Dunning, and Johnathan Taylor Thomas. Both “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing” received more than a 7 of 10 rating on IMDB.
Here’s what Allen himself has to say about the idea of a reboot and what that could mean for the new storyline, via Fox News:
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“I never felt—and it’s come true—that this was done. It never felt right,” Allen told E! News that the reboot idea for “Home Improvement” was so close to being a done deal until he learned “Last Man Standing” would be revived by Fox. “In the time off, we got real close where we talked to everybody…It was an interesting idea.”
Allen said the plot for the “Home Improvement” revival would include the Taylor family boys, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Mark (Taran Noah Smith), all working as property owners, pursuing real estate careers in Michigan. Jill, played by Patricia Richardson, and Allen would still be happily married but living in a brand-new house.
“It was real interesting,” Allen said of the reboot idea. But luckily for Allen, “Last Man” premiered on its new network at the end of September with strong ratings. Variety reported that the show was Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years despite “Last Man Standing” having a right-leaning lead.