Where on the major media networks can we turn to find a brief slice of common sense or even a nod towards conservative principles?
Nowhere, any more. For six seasons, at least, we could find an ideological ally at 8:00PM on Friday nights in the form of the wise-cracking Tim Allen and the cast of “Last Man Standing.”
The title refers to the position of Allen’s character in his home with his wife and three daughters, though it could just as easily refer to his show’s place in the sitcom lineup, surrounded by leftwing comedies not so subtly pushing the liberal agenda.
Not only was Allen’s sitcom unique in its viewpoint, but it was unique in its ratings performance.
According to The Blaze, ‘”while most shows were down year-to-year by 20 to 30 percent, ‘Last Man Standing,’ which has been ABC’s anchor show on Friday nights, boosting the audiences for the programs following it, was down by only 5 percent among 18- to 49-year-olds.”
It was, in fact, ABC’s third most watched program, regularly drawing 8.1 million viewers per episode.
All of this brings us to the question of why? Why would ABC discontinue a reliably profitable show performing head and shoulders above its competition?
Of course, the network has given a reason: Going into its 7th season, ABC would be obligated to pick up the production costs of the show, up til now covered by 20th Century FOX, and according to ABC, Allen’s paycheck was just too much.
This explanation’s credibility is sullied, however, when we hear that six of the main cast of Modern Family, which was renewed for two seasons, will get a considerable bump in pay from $350,000 to half a million dollars per episode.
Which makes us wonder, was the one conservative-leaning show on network television cancelled simply for being the one conservative-leaning show on network television?
Of course, all we can do is wonder, but Tim Allen himself has made an eerily predictive remark in a March interview with Jimmy Kimmel: "You gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody else believes. This is like '30s Germany."
It wouldn’t be the first time that the ‘tolerant’ left silenced the viewpoints they disagree with.
This writing does not mean to lift “Last Man Standing” up as “Christian” or “clean” television. While far right of most everything else on network television, it still contains objectionable content and viewpoints.
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