Fans the Last male Standing have actually likely known that the present is coming to an finish for a if now. Ago in October 2020, it was announced the the popular series wouldn't be gaining renewed — back Last guy Standing was currently canceled once before by ABC. In 2017, the network canceled the show, stating that it was too expensive to produce and also that abc didn't actually very own it (it to be actually created by FOX).

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Some people thought the 2017 cancellation had something to perform with Tim Allen's (conservative) politics, however ABC responded, saying the this wasn't the case. "There are many factors that enter the decision-making process: ratings, crucial acclaim … that course us look at ownership structure," alphabet Entertainment chairman Channing Dungey said, adding, "I wouldn't say that was the deciding factor." 


Plus, the show was renewed by FOX anyway. So, why precisely did Last male Standing obtain canceled a second time? As we prepare come say goodbye to the Baxters, let's look back on what led up to this last episode.

It seems as despite Last guy Standing is simply coming come its herbal end. After ripe seasons, the network feels prefer it's a an excellent time to close this chapter, and it doesn't look like Tim Allen disagrees. "I've to be one happy dude to have been component of Last man Standing. We had actually all thought about to finish the show after last season, but together with FOX, we decided to add a year for this reason we could produce a full season to produce the gentle and also fun goodbye," Tim, who also produces the show, said. 

FOX Entertainment chairman Michael mandrel stated, "It has been an respect to be house for Tim Allen and also Last male Standing. Millions of households have long appreciated the display because, perhaps, they watch themselves in the Baxters. The faithful affection they've shown proves just exactly how much this series has expected to them. On behalf of anyone at FOX, a big, big thank you to Last guy Standing's excellent cast, led through Tim, Nancy , and also Hector , and also its writers and also crew, headed by showrunner Kevin Abbott. We’ll be rooting lock on throughout the season as they finish what has actually been an outstanding run."

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As far as ratings go, Season 8's did drop from .95 (its season premiere) come .68 (the Season 8 finale). Follow to, the ratings for Last guy Standing have actually dipped even lower this season. The final season has averaged .42 in the 18 come 49 demographic. While this doesn't it seems to be ~ to be an open deciding aspect in the decision to cancel the show, it could be one because that FOX's finance department.