Comedian-actor Tim Allen broke his silence this week on ABCâ€™s decision to cancel â€śLast Man Standing.â€ť
Allen, who starred in the television show, said he was surprised by the cancellation.
â€śLast Man Standingâ€ť was canceled after airing for six seasons on ABC. The show earned the second-highest ratings for comedies with 8.1 million viewers, just behind â€śModern Family,â€ť which earned 8.7 million viewers.
Overall, â€śLast Man Standingâ€ť was the third highest watched ABC show behind â€śGreyâ€™s Anatomyâ€ť and â€śModern Family,â€ť according to Deadline.
But, as Entertainment Weekly pointed out, the show narrowly escaped cancellation last year.
â€śIn EWâ€™s Deathwatch of bubble show renewal odds, we calculated 'Last Man Standing' was slightly likely to continue â€” itâ€™s modestly rated among adults 18-49, but squeaked into a renewal last year with about the same numbers,â€ť EW reported.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the decision to cancel the show came down to scheduling.
â€śA large part of these jobs are managing failure and weâ€™ve made the tough calls and canceled shows that weâ€™d otherwise love to stay on the air,â€ť Dungey said. â€śThatâ€™s the job. I canceled 'Last Man Standing' for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled 'Dr. Ken,' 'The Real Oâ€™Neals,' 'The Catch' and 'American Crime.' And 'Last Man Standing' was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed.â€ť
The new Friday night strategy for ABC will include â€śOnce Upon a Timeâ€ť at 8 p.m. and a Marvel drama, which could be â€śInhumansâ€ť or â€śAgents of Shield,â€ť EW reported.
The Hollywood Reporter said Allen and other actors would likely be due for increased contracts since the show had reached its sixth season.
Fans hope to save the show, though. According to Fox News, a petition on Change.org to keep â€śLast Man Standingâ€ť includes more than 200,000 signatures.
Some fans blame ABC's liberal bias for banning the show, which often displayed conservative and family values, CBS reported.
â€śIt is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values,â€ť the petition said.
Amanda Fuller, who plays Allenâ€™s daughter Kristen on the show, asked her fans to sign the petition in a lengthy tweet.28 comments on this story
"To all the devoted 'Last Man Standing' fans, thank you," she wrote in a lengthy note. "I believe in the power that lies in storytelling being a mirror to our world, representing all voices...and for that reason I have always been proud and honored to be a part of 'Last Man Standing,' the only sitcom today that I feel truly strived to do that."
â€śLast Man Standingâ€ť is produced by 20th Century Fox, making it a non-Disney studio show.
Without the comedy, this will be the first time in years that ABC wonâ€™t have a multicamera comedy in the fall, THR reported.