Fox has renewed their Tim Allen fronted comedy series Last Man Standing for next season. This marks the second season on the network, after they revived it a year after ABC’s cancellation, and its eighth overall.
Since its launch on Fox earlier this season, Last Man Standing has been averaging more than 11 million multi-platform viewers, ranking as the #1 scripted program on Friday night, with a 29% advantage over #2 show Blue Bloods. The season seven premiere was the most-watched Friday regular comedy telecast on any network in 15 years.
Last Man Standing is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Molly McCook, Kaitlyn Dever, Amanda Fuller, Jordan Masterson, Christoph Sanders, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Jonathan Adams, Hector Elizondo and Krista Marie Yu. The series was created by Jack Burditt. Kevin Abbott, Matt Berry, Kevin Hench, Ed Yeager, Tim Allen, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements, Richard Baker and Rick Messina serve as executive producers. Abbott also serves as showrunner.
“Last Man Standing roared out of the gate on Fox, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since. Much of that credit goes to the incredibly funny and talented Tim Allen, not to mention Nancy, Hector and the rest of the show’s great cast”, said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “We’d like to thank Kevin, Matt and the entire crew, along with our partners at 20th Century Fox Television, for overseeing one of television’s most popular comedies. We’d also like to congratulate them all on reaching 150 episodes – a milestone that’s well-deserved.”
While series star and executive producer Tim Allen added: “Hard to believe Last Man Standing hits 150 episodes this week and it gets better with another upcoming season at Fox! Great news for all of us who are creating these stories and working our pants off to make you all laugh. It’s another big high-five to the legions of loyal fans who have faithfully kept us front and center and huge on the radar. Thanks to our family at Fox who continue to make us feel so at home. Man, if we keep this up, they might have to call our show: Last Man Unable to Stand.”
Last Man Standing has had a rough go of things here in the UK. Sky One initially acquired the series as part of a wider deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution shortly after the 2012 LA Screenings. The satcaster aired the first two-seasons of the show between 2012 and 2014, but it failed to rate particular well and in 2015 Sky quietly dropped the show. E4 then acquired Last Man Standing, but only aired the first two seasons. Eventually it landed at 5Star who aired seasons three through six in 2018. 5Star holds rights to season seven but have yet to set a premiere date.