LOS ANGELES, CA — The ABC network has found itself in hot water with viewers after cancelling the highly rated sitcom, “Last Man Standing”.
The network was seemingly blind sighted last week when fans of the conservative show took to social media to voice their outrage over the broadcast giant’s plans to cut the show from it’s programming lineup.
Although the left leaning ABC claimed in it’s announcement on Friday that the show was being cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts” many on social media said they found it suspicious the show was cancelled after it’s star, Tim Allen, came out in support of republican president Donald Trump.
As a result of the show’s cancellation, a petition to boycott the network and it’s other shows until programming executives agree to bring “Last Man Standing” back to the air has quickly taken off (https://www.change.org/p/abc-network-save-tim-allen-s-show-last-man-standing).
“Despite consistently high rankings, especially considering the time slot in which it is aired, Tim Allen’s show “Last Man Standing” has been cancelled by the network on which it is aired, ABC,” the petition reads.
“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.
Last Man Standing was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify, ” the petition continues.
“Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.
The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows. I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch. If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same. Even if you are not willing to boycott the network, but still want to save the show, please sign this petition and share it. If you do plan to boycott ABC, please say so when you sign. Let them hear our voices,” the petition concludes.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came out on social media on Monday in support of the petition, claiming that the program’s cancellation was clearly based on politics.
“Looks like @ABC is playing politics with your show despite decent ratings. Sad,” Walker tweeted.
According to statistics published by Deadline, “Last Man Standing” was the network’s second-highest comedy over the course of the past season and averaged 8.1 million viewers per episode, just behind “Modern Family,” which averaged 8.7 million viewers, and was recently renewed for two more seasons. The program was also ABC’s third highest watched scripted series behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.”
At the time of this report, the petition had garnered more than 26,000 signatures.