Fox Chiefs Talk 'Last Man Standing,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Roseanne' Effect

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The network has ground to make up in ratings: Fox is averaging 5 million viewers in prime time this season, down 17 percent from 6 million previous year. One of the biggest headlines last week was Fox dumping "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", only for NBC to pick it up just one day later. "We always wondered how it would do if it were. prioritized more". Also, Last Man Standing is easier for new viewers to follow than Brooklyn Nine-Nine's serialized comedy.

For all of the talk and headlines about this renewal, Last Man Standing will be premiering during the dreaded Friday night slot.

On the decision to cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Walden said, "It was based on a variety of factors".

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was forced to issue a denial after Allen, outspoken in his disappointment about the cancellation, suggested that his conservative politics may have been a factor. "We just think it's a really amusing show" with general appeal, he said in announcing the network's 2018-19 schedule with fellow chairman and CEO Dana Walden.

"I'm not sure that cancellation really had anything to do with politics", he said. "Ultimately, we decided we just didn't have room for it. we're really happy its found a new home".

"And the show never really delves deeply into political viewers".

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"It's a amusing show and audiences responded to it", he explained simply, saying now is the time to bring it back, after a season of dormancy, Fox having added Thursday Night Football to its arsenal.

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"I think one of the great things about broadcast television is that the fans get very connected to these stars, the character and the shows", he said.

As for the Last Man Standing pickup, the CEOs revealed that they had been trying to bring the comedy to Fox since past year.

Fox and other broadcast networks are presenting their new schedules to advertisers in NY this week.

"And a fist pump, ouch, for Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox for not only listening to the fans but for making the bold move to bring "Last Man Standing" back". It feels like it goes along shows like A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Superstore, and The Good Place. "We were emboldened by the response that we saw for 'Roseanne.' We saw it as an opportunity to pair those two shows together on Friday night". "It's also one of the few comedies in recent years that does a robust global number, and it has a syndication upside, which a lot of shows don't have anymore".

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