According to a statement by ABC’s Entertainment president, the reason ABC decided to cancel “Last Man Standing” is not due to actor and comedian Tim Allen’s conservative principles.
Rather, the highly rated and widely viewed show was denied a seventh season because they decided to air other shows.
Per the Daily Caller:
Allen thinks his show got the axe because he’s a conservative and a Trump supporter. ABC says it isn’t so. AFP:
US television network ABC denied Sunday that it had canceled comedian Tim Allen’s popular sitcom “Last Man Standing” due to its conservative politics…
Allen’s character, an outspoken conservative, echoed the political positions of the 64-year-old actor, a Republican who attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration…
“Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles…
She described “Last Man Standing” as a “high quality show” but added that the network had not been able to find room in the schedules for a seventh season.
According to the report, ABC has shown preference to other shows which “keep limping along”:
No room on the schedule? For a show that pulled in 8 million viewers on a Friday night? It was the second most-watched comedy on ABC, after Modern Family. Meanwhile, lower-rated and presumably more expensive ABC shows like Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time keep limping along, season after season, and the network keeps finding a place in the schedule for them.