Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing,” which surprisingly was not picked up for a seventh season by ABC, now may be heading to CMT. The Viacom-owned cable network, which revived former ABC drama “Nashville” this past season, is in conversations with 20th Century Fox to keep the show in production.
ABC’s decision to discontinue “Last Man Standing” was criticized by right-wing media as an attempt to silence conservative voices in a post-Trump world. Fans started online petitions to save the show, amassing 150,000 signatures, and threatened to boycott ABC, and Allen himself tweeted that he was “stunned” and “blindsided” by ABC’s decision to pull the plug. Ratings for the comedy, based on Live + 7 day data, were solid at an average 8.1 million viewers.
Fox has initially expressed interest in adding the comedy to its line-up after the cancellation, but ultimately passed when it could not find room on the schedule for it.