ABC renews 'The Middle,' 'Last Man Standing'

The laughter will continue for ABC's "The Middle" and "Last Man Standing."

One of the network's solid performers, "The Middle" has held steady, quietly nabbing a fifth season. The family comedy, featuring "Everybody Loves Raymond" alumna Patricia Heaton, holds its own on Wednesdays, a night overshadowed by "Modern Family" on the network.

Meanwhile, the Friday comedy "Last Man Standing," starring Tim Allen, seemed to live up to its name. Whereas fellow Friday roamer "Malibu Country" got the boot, "Last Man Standing" will return for a third season. The comedy managed to hold somewhat steady, despite a shortened season and a move to Fridays. Its recent season finale, which had Allen re-team with former "Home Improvement' co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, pulled in 7.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic. Not too shabby for a Friday.


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