A reboot of Tim Allen’s popular sitcom ‘Last Man Standing’ has aired on Fox to sky-high ratings and viewing numbers. On Friday, an incredible 8 million viewers tuned in to the show on Fox, according to Variety.
The successful release comes after ABC’s shock cancelation of the show last year, which many speculated was due to Allen being outspoken about his Christian faith and conservative values. This speculation was bolstered by the fact that at the time of its axing, “Last Man Standing” was ABC’s second highest-rated comedy.
“There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative,” Allen said following the cancellation, as reported by the Washington Post. “That was the most dangerous thing. Because he was mitigated on his show by a family of women that had different opinions — but the guy was a likable guy, a principled guy, just about work and ethics and all this stuff. I think there’s nothing more dangerous now than a likable conservative character.”
Thanks from all of us for your eyes on our reBoot….next week is even better. @LastManStanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) September 29, 2018
Following last year’s cancellation, the future of Allen’s show was put to a petition, entitled “Save Tim Allen’s Show ‘Last Man Standing.'” The petition garnered almost half a million signatures.
“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values,” the petition read. “Last Man Standing was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify.”
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018
Allen has previously spoken openly about his Christian faith.
In an old 1996 interview, he described himself as “a pretty solid Christian” who has always asked deep questions about God, pain, suffering and plenty more.
“Even as an altar boy, I was always asking the bigger questions — you know: if God is, in fact, good, what is all this death I see? And if God is gentle, what is all this suffering I see?” Allen said. “I’ve found some of the answers in Eastern religion. It explained my Christianity to me. Good and evil are the same thing. You can’t have one without the other.”
He continued, “It’s the balance, it’s the temperance of things.”
Some 15 years later Allen went a bit deeper in an interview with ABC, explaining that he was just 11 years old when his father was killed by a drunk driver. The actor admitted that the event had a profound impact on his faith and the way he viewed God.
“I’ve had a curious relationship with God since my father died,” he said.
Watch a segment of the interview below: