ABC renews five comedies

The news keeps flying fast and furious this week, as in addition to the six canceled shows that I just wrote about here, ABC has picked up four other comedies for next fall.

The first pick-up is absolutely no surprise, as Modern Family remains one of the highest rated scripted series on television. The ratings haven't been quite as high as in years past, but most comedies would still kill to draw the 18-49 demos that this show pulls down on a weekly basis.

Next to be renewed is wacky freshman sitcom The Neighbors. The ratings ranged from quite decent to not very good, but the show is owned by ABC itself, so the network has more incentive to give it another shot than they would if they had to license the broadcast rights from someone else.

The Middle has become ABC's dependable old workhorse, so it comes as no shock that the Neil Flynn - Patricia Heaton fronted comedy is returning for a fifth year. The demos it draws aren't near a show like Modern Family, but the audience is very loyal and consistent.

Another show with an increasingly reliable core audience is Suburgatory, which is coming back for a third season. Starring Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy, the show is a little too lead-in dependent (the numbers drop sharply when a new Modern Family isn't on first), but this is yet another call that can't have been too hard to make.

Finally, the Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing has earned another season. Its ratings really weren't much better than the now canceled Malibu Country, but one thing I've learned over the years is to never underestimate the appeal of Tim Allen. The man has legions of fans, and I'm not being the least bit sarcastic. It will be interesting to see what other show LMS gets paired with next season, as it is now the last remaining multi-camera comedy on ABC's roster.

- Last Man Standing
- Suburgatory
- The Middle
- The Neighbors (1975)
- Modern Family

Written by: msd85
May 10th, 2013, 11:02 pm

Images courtesy of ABC


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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 9:49 pm

I am glad all of these comedies got renewed!

The Neighbors was terrible but got better as the season went along. That is until they reached a point where I think they decided they were going to get cancelled. Then it seemed like they were rushing to wrap things up and the quality took a hit. I would give it Most Improved in the Same Season.

Last Man Standing's 2nd season was miles better than it's first. It gets my vote as Most Improved from Previous Seasons.


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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 8:27 am

at least they are leaving some shows to watch!!


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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 4:55 am

Glad to see Suburgatory made it. The season 2 finale actually had some really human moments outside the shows normal.

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