Last Man Standing season 7: What should the ratings expectations be?

Last Man StandingA lot has been made about Last Man Standing season 7, from the network change to Molly Ephraim’s departure.

Yet, there has not been as much made in regards to the ratings themselves and whether or not we’re looking at a show that will be more or less successful than it was originally on ABC. There are two different ways to look at it.

The pros – Last Man Standing is getting set to come on a network in Fox that, more than likely, is going to be more supportive to the series than we saw back in season 6 on ABC. There’s a studio connection there and we do think that goes a good ways in Fox wanting to promote it. They’ve got a chance to launch the show the night after Thursday Night Football, which feels like the proper venue in order to promote it.

Also, we don’t think that the expectations are going to be sky-high here, mostly because there were many comedies on Fox last year that struggled mightily in the ratings and were kept on mostly on the strength of critical acclaim.

The cons – The last season that the show aired was back in the 2016-17 season; it’s a lot to expect the show to pull the same ratings now that it did a year and a half ago. Many viewers may ultimately not even consider the idea that the series is still on the air. Also, switching networks can be tricky, even if it’s one that feels like a natural fit.

Our current expectation – If Last Man Standing season 7 manages to generate in total a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and over 5 million viewers, Fox will consider it a big hit and be very happy. While those numbers are down versus the season 6 averages, it’s still far and away better than how many other comedies are performing out there.

Related Be sure to get some other news when it comes to Ephraim’s exit

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