The hit comedy series, “Last Man Standing,” surprised even the most faithful fans during it Friday night debut on its new network. The newly embraced series by Fox posted an historic night on Friday averaging a whopping 8 million views in the all-important 18-49 demo.
According to “Variety,” the comedy series “was also Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was by far the top-rated show of Friday night.”
The show’s star, Tim Allen, took to his Twitter page on Friday so that he could thank the fans who tuned in to watch the show on its new network.
“Thanks from all of us for your eyes on our reBoot….next week is even better. @LastManStanding,” Allen tweeted.
Thanks from all of us for your eyes on our reBoot….next week is even better. @LastManStanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) September 29, 2018
Allen’s show was canceled in 2017 after the show received solid ratings for six consecutive seasons. The star seemed to suggest that “Last Man Standing” was cut because it featured a “funny, likeable conservative character.”
“I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like Archie Bunker. Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy,” Allen said during an appearance on Norm Macdonald Live last September.
“But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character,” the actor added. “He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but [Mike Baxter] was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
A social media campaign by fans of the show helped bring the series back to life. It was picked up by Fox earlier this year. The whole cast thanked the fan-led effort to bring back the series.