Why 'Last Man Standing' 2.0 Could Yield 'Roseanne' Ratings
Tim Allen may have the last laugh on ABC.
The network canceled his popular, long-running sitcom "Last Man Standing" roughly a year ago. Now, Allen shares the news via Twitter that the show may be coming back, "Roseanne" style. Or "Will & Grace" and "Mad About You" style.
Only with "LMS" it's a bit more ... complicated.
Allen's series drew hearty ratings at the time of its cancellation. The show also represented a rare look at the country from a right-of-center viewpoint. Allen's Mike Baxter was a loud and proud conservative, making him a virtual unicorn on the TV landscape.
Bringing Baxter to Fox, the show's new potential home, offers a dollop of diversity in an otherwise liberal TV landscape. Here's why the new "LMS" could generate "Roseanne" sized rating should its renewal come to pass.
1. Trump TV at Last
Every other show these days has embraced the "Resistance." Virtually all of late-night TV. Cable offerings, from "The Daily Show" to "Real Time with Bill Maher." The same, sadly, goes for conventional TV shows like "Supergirl," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and more. "Roseanne" shocked Hollywood by showcasing a character who didn't automatically reject President Trump's unique appeal. The ratings proved massive for the long-dormant show's revival—8 million viewers in that first week. That's big news for any new "LMS' episodes.