Despite High Ratings, ABC Cancels Trump-Friendly Sitcom “Last Man Standing”

[Scene from "Last Man Standing" with Tim Allen, Molly Ephraim and Hector Elizondo | Courtesy of ABC/Ron Tom]
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Oddly, Tim Allen-show Last Man Standing was pulled from ABC’s Friday-night lineup, but Deadline called its ratings “very respectable for any night and especially Friday.” Many tuned in on Fridays to enjoy the 30-minute block of laughs that spoke to hard-working families across the nation. The show’s demo saw a victory that took it to a prized timeslot—6.4 million, steady viewers. More, Deadline wrote that “while most returning shows were down year-to-year 20-30 [percent], LMS was virtually flat, off just by [five percent] in total viewers and adults 18-49.”

From that information alone, it’s no wonder people have loved its six-season entirety. The show’s strength’s even greater than that. The Tim Allen sitcom served as an ABC, anchor show—folks relied on it as a cornerstone for the Friday-night lineup. Such a ranking is key when introducing more sitcoms.

[Video: courtesy of ABC via Housewives Desperate]

This is important, as networks actually make their money off syndication rights—other stations buy the show on a per-episode deal structure. In addition to the sitcom being a syndication king (a real money maker), Deadline called it a “rare off-network ratings success story these days.”

If a sitcom has a syndicate score that high, each episode is valued like a precious stone—a finite source of revenue as time goes one. Heck, older shows have comebacks and get renewed for another season due to a revived viewership, or the individual episodes have a syndication value that’s through the roof.

With all that in mind, it’s a wonder why ABC would up and axe such a widely loved and valuable show. What’s the deal?

Sometimes (okay, maybe more), in the intricate universe of home entertainment, politics and fascist companies play a terrifying and disturbing role.

First, know that upon a sitcom running for six seasons, ABC is contractually obligated to pay for production. Before now, 20th Century Fox TV incurred all costs for Last Man Standing—the bills were about to be ABC’s responsibility.

[Source: ABC.go.com | Property of 20th Century Fox, All Right Reserved]
Expectedly (see below), and while 20th Century Fox gave in on a cheaper price, no haggling in order to keep any sort of grip this golden sitcom, ABC straight-up dismissed LMS—their convenient reason being Allen was too expensive an actor.

However, there’s a sneaking suspicion the cancellation had something to do with politics. What else could it be, with Deadline writing:

“…political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland—a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president—and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama ‘Shooter.’”

While playing the role of Mike Baxter, Allen (who’s actually a conservative) humorously jabs at Hillary Clinton, political correctness and liberals in general. That all being part of his character, the ridiculousness of it is mainstream media considers his hugely celebrated character’s philosophies to be synonymous with those of Nazis.

On top of that silliness, ABC’s under Disney’s umbrella—Bob Iger runs the whole thing and is a fiercely liberal man who loves The Clintons (Bill & Hillary). Recall The Path To 9/11—the 2006 miniseries barely hinting at how President Clinton managed the Osama bin Laden issue. Iger even once fiscally swallowed $40 million to keep The Clintons from looking bad. The initial, series’ plan entailed re-airing it every September 11th, but Iger was both staunchly against that (ad revenue down the drain) and strongly opposed to it being available on home video.

[Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger | Photo: Chip Somodevilla]
The aforementioned, corporate fascism (e.g., Iger’s wickedly smug action of tossing $40 million to the wayside) provides solid context for ABC figuratively cutting the wings off the high-soaring eagle that is Last Man Standing.

It is pop culture’s creators who best know the power it beholds. In other words, if a Path to 9/11, Last Man Standing, Duck Dynasty, Passion of the Christ, 13 Hours or FOX News succeeds…it’s up to the pop-culture puppet masters to cut the respective show’s strings—into the wood chipper. God forbid a show might influence impressionable viewers and avail the other side of the proverbial coin—as well as it being a springboard for others to rise.

It is pop culture’s creators who best know the power it beholds. In other words, if a Path to 9/11, Last Man Standing, Duck Dynasty, Passion of the Christ, 13 Hours or FOX News succeeds…it’s up to the pop-culture puppet masters to cut the respective show’s strings—into the wood chipper. God forbid a show might influence impressionable viewers and avail the other side of the proverbial coin—as well as it being a springboard for others to rise.

Money or not, such despotic control must be stopped

For those who concur with ABC’s cop-out reason, make sense of the following that was suspiciously disclosed immediately upon Last Man Standing being shut down:

“Reaching both agreements (especially a new license-fee pact with ABC) was not easy. Talks between the network and 20th TV started a while ago. The studio originally sought a two-season renewal, which was met with resistance by the network at first until the two sides finally came to a deal. It followed an agreement in principle ABC and 20th TV reached at the end of February, which outlined what the license-fee structure should look like predicated on making new, salary agreements with the actors.”

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Logo property of ABC/Disney, All rights Reserved]
Still not convinced? What about how ABC opened its syndication door for the liberal-appealing Modern Family—but again, not for a show that conservatives (roughly 50 percent of the US) loved heavily.

Somewhat related, give Ben Shapiro’s Primetime Propaganda a read—discover the elaborate scheme that is the leftist media controlling home entertainment (while eating obnoxious fortunes and losing out on winners).

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