Last Man Standing Season 8 already renewed at Fox?
The cancelled ABC sitcom delivered the biggest FOX premiere ratings in almost seven years (8 million viewers; 1.8 rating) upon its revival last Friday, placing it as an early contender to join the list of TV shows renewed for 2019-20.
Showrunner Kevin Abbott spoke to EW about the show’s surprise ratings return:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how many people did you think were going to watch — because I know you weren’t expecting that?
Yeah we weren’t. Fox was hoping for 80 percent of what we were doing on ABC so about a 1.0. Because I knew it was doing gangbusters in syndication, I was optimistic for a 1.3, 1.4, thinking if everything breaks right that’s what we’ll get. So I’m an idiot. I don’t think anybody expected this. It’s a little hard to absorb. I looked at the number and I thought it was a misprint. It’s very gratifying. But yeah, nobody expected this.
How did Tim react?
I hadn’t checked the numbers until noon on Saturday and my phone was crammed with messages when I finally checked. I texted Tim to say “hey, wow, congratulations,” and his response was, “What did we do?” Tim is notoriously understated on this stuff but he’s obviously thrilled too.
Will Last Man Standing still be upright by the end of this season? Stay tuned as we continue to track the cancel/renew status of the revived Fox comedy…