America's favorite sitcom, "Last Man Standing," debuted on Fox Friday night, posting a historic viewing and rocketing past previous debuts on ABC.
What are the numbers?
According to Variety, the Tim Allen-led sitcom averaged 8 million viewers in the key 18-49 age demographic, making it Fox's most watched comedy in seven years.
Additionally, with premiers of "The Cool Kids" and "Hells Kitchen," the "Last Man Standing" revival led the charge for Fox's "most watched Friday with entertainment in over nine and a half years and it’s highest-rated Friday during premiere week in seven years," Variety reported.
Compared to previous season debuts on ABC, for example, the show's sixth season opened with 6 million viewers while averaging 6.4 million viewers throughout the season. And despite those very strong ratings, ABC canned the show last May.
Many at the time speculated ABC executives cancelled the show due to its conservative politics. Indeed, the show's lead character played by Allen — Mike Baxter, a conservative father — often makes light of liberals and progressive politics.
Politics isn't the goal of the show, though, Allen revealed to Fox News. The show is similar to his other television shows, such as "Home Improvement," for which Allen is most well known.
"When it comes down to it — we legitimately have more liberal writers than we have conservative writers,” he revealed. “They write funny stuff, and everybody has learned a little bit about how to tweak it and give people a little zest here and there — but it’s all about the theater," he told Fox News.
Fox executives officially resurrected "Last Man Standing" this summer following the highly successful reboot of "Roseanne" in the spring.