“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” Allen tweeted at the time.
ABC denied Allen’s political views played a role in its decision, saying the show’s cancellation was motivated by “business and scheduling reasons.”
Among those business reasons — “Last Man Standing” was produced for ABC by 20th Century Fox Television, and network ownership plays a large role in programming decision. (Meaning, a TV series produced by a broadcast network’s in-house studio has an edge over one that is not when decision time rolls around.)
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“Last Man Standing” averaged 8.3 million viewers for ABC during the 2016-2017. It was the network’s second most-watched comedy, after “Modern Family,” a release from Fox said.
The decision to bring “Last Man Standing” back from the dead comes one day after Fox canceled a trio of comedies, including “The Mick,” “The Last Man on Earth,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — much to the chagrin of fans.
“I’m sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years,” Allen added in his statement. “Oh, has it only been one year? Well, just goes to show you — a lot can happen in a year.”