Viewers rejoiced at the news that popular sitcom “Last Man Standing”, which was inexplicably cancelled last year despite high ratings, returned to Fox last week.
And it wasn’t just a cult following–the ratings speak for themselves.
According to Variety, a stunning 8 million viewers tuned in for the show reboot, which calls to mind the massive turnout for the ill-fated Roseanne reboot, pre-Valerie-Jarrett-tweet, of course.
Last year, many speculated that the show was canceled not as a smart business move, but for Tim Allen’s polarizing conservative, Christian views.
“There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative,” the Washington Post reported Allen as saying following the cancellation. “That was the most dangerous thing. Because he was mitigated on his show by a family of women that had different opinions — but the guy was a likable guy, a principled guy, just about work and ethics and all this stuff. I think there’s nothing more dangerous now than a likable conservative character.”
Following the cancellation, a petition surfaced urging ABC to bring the sitcom back, which gathered nearly half a million signatures.
“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It 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,” read the petition.
“Last Man Standing was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify.”
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018
The people have spoken–and the people are happy. Can’t wait to see the rest of the season!