FOX has announced that Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing has been renewed for an eighth season, its second on the network.
“Last Man Standing roared out of the gate on Fox, and has maintained its ratings dominance ever since,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “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. 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.”
Currently averaging 11 million multi-platform viewers, Last Man Standing has been a successful resurrection for FOX, which was inspired to revive the conservative family comedy in the wake of Roseanne‘s success on ABC and a rebrand focusing on Middle America. The series ranks as the number one scripted program on Fridays and improved its time period year-to-year by 50% in the demo and 112% in total viewers.
What remains to be seen is where Last Man Standing ends up on the schedule next year. In the wake of WWE Smackdown‘s incoming exodus from USA Network to FOX, the series will be displaced from its Fridays at 8:00 slot. The most likely destination is Tuesdays at 8:00 where it could go up against Roseanne spinoff/continuation The Conners, but we won’t know for certain until FOX releases their schedule in May.
Last Man Standing airs tomorrow at 8:00 on FOX.