VIA| Hollywood leftists have finally taken their revenge.
After six seasons – and while its ratings remained good – Last Man Standing was abruptly cancelled by network executives.
Analysts said the show – which features Tim Allen as an all-American, conservative patriarch – was the perfect show for a Trump era. But ABC said the show would not have a seventh season, saying that the premium to produce the show – especially for a marquee actor like Allen – was just too high.
Allen plays a character who is politically conservative and a devout Christian who espouses traditional American values – precisely the constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president.
In its last season, Deadline reports, Last Man Standing averaged “a very respectable for any night and especially Friday, 1.2 Live+same day rating in adults 18-64 and 6.4 million viewers, winning its 8-8:30 PM time slot. While 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 (L+SD).”
Don’t expect Mike Baxter to go away anytime soon, however. The show was recently sold to syndication, where it continues to be a ratings success.
Networks have been trying to shift production to more “conservative” fare. The USA Network drama Shooter starring Ryan Phillippe as a former Marine and decorated sniper who is on the run trying to clear his name and save his family — appeals to a lot of the constituency in the flyover states that helped Trump get elected.