Big entertainment news today.
There are precious few conservative-friendly shows out there on television.
“Last Man Standing” has been a funny harbor in the storm for people who might like to see occasional conservative thought sneak into a sea of predominantly liberal programming.
From Daily Wire:
Through his character, the politically conservative Allen has poked fun at Hillary Clinton, political correctness, and the Left at large. Worse still, he has created a popular, sympathetic and likable television personality who holds the beliefs and values our entertainment and media elites want to tell us can only belong to Nazis.
The show had high ratings, even after six years and being shifted to a Friday night slot.
Every week, the half-hour comedy, one of the very few aimed to appeal to America’s heartland, won its time-slot in the all-important demo, including 6.4 million overall same-day viewers. Deadline further adds that “[w]hile most returning shows were down year-to-year 20-30%, LMS was virtually flat, off just by 5% in total viewers and adults 18-49[.]”
It’s been a solid lead-in for shows the rest of the night.
Even more than that, it’s been a bonanza in syndication, “a virtual cash cow, per Deadline it is the “rare off-network ratings success story these days.””
So given all that, it is quite a surprise that they are canceling the show.
After six seasons, the ABC broadcast network is contractually required to cover the cost of producing the show. Until now, Last Man Standing had been produced and paid for by 20th Century Fox TV before being licensed for broadcast to ABC.
To no one’s surprise (explained below), and although 20th Century Fox had agreed to reduce its fees, without even bothering to negotiate something that would allow them to hold onto this hit show, ABC abruptly canceled it, using the fig leaf of cost, singling out Tim Allen’s high salary.
People were not happy.
— Duane Maddy (@GraphicArtMaddy) May 11, 2017
— A (@sickestsense) May 11, 2017
Reall @ABCNetwork?! Cancelled Last Man Standing! I thought ABC was cool for airing a show for "the rest of us". Both of us were wrong.
— Sharon Hieter (@SharonHieter) May 11, 2017
— Jeff Grimes (@jeffgrimes23) May 11, 2017
The rationale seems more about politics, since it was an economically choice entity.
Moreover, the ABC television network is owned by Disney, a rabidly left-wing company run by Bob Iger, who, for years, has been a huge supporter of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. In order to protect the Clintons, Iger has gone so far as to eat $40 million. The Path to 9/11 was a popular 2006 miniseries that offered only light criticism of Bill Clinton’s handling of Osama bin Laden. Although the original idea was to rerun the program every September 11, Iger has not only refused to rerun it even once (losing all that advertising revenue), he won’t even release it on home video.
As Daily Wire points out, While ABC was willing to negotiate to save left-wing show ‘Modern Family’ that was in a similar contractual situation, it wasn’t for ‘Last Man Standing.’
Pretty good indication that the reasons weren’t really economic…