Last week we reported on the cancellation of Tim Allen’s popular ABC sitcom Last Man Standing. There has been speculation that the show was cancelled because Allen is an outspoken conservative, and the show reflected those views.
It turns out, according to this report from The Daily Wire, that such an assertion appears to be true:
Every week, the half-hour comedy, one of the very few aimed to appeal to America’s heartland, won its time-slot in the all-important demo, including 6.4 million overall same-day viewers. Deadline further adds that “[w]hile most returning shows were down year-to-year 20-30%, LMS was virtually flat, off just by 5% in total viewers and adults 18-49[.]”…
It wasn’t just ratings…
Last Man Standing was ABC’s Friday anchor, meaning a show that could not only be counted on to win the night but one that kept viewers tuned in to whatever shows came after. Anchors are also crucially important when it comes to launching new shows….
and it wasn’t just about bringing ratings for other shows.
The real money in the sitcom business comes from syndication rights, selling the reruns on a per episode basis to other networks. Last Man Standing is not only a syndication smash, a virtual cash cow, per Deadline it is the “rare off-network ratings success story these days.”…When a show does this well in syndication, every episode becomes a bar of gold, a likely source of rolling revenue for years and years to come. Even aging sitcoms that lose their audience are sometimes renewed for an extra season because each of those episodes is worth a fortune in syndication.
If you accept all of this then you don’t have to be an expert in how television works to know that canceling Last Man Standing makes as much sense as registering your baby shower at Planned Parenthood.
There has also been chatter of a rising boycott against ABC.
At this point the only way to save the show is to show that it makes very bad business sense to cancel success. Even then the left has never been strong on logic and reason when it’s put at odds with their god-like worship of their own ideology, but it’s worth a try.
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