ABC has renewed the popular comedy-series “The Middle” for another season, this will take the Hecks through season 9. The renewal was announced today by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. The show is currently in its eighth season on the network.
“‘The Middle’ has been one of the network’s most consistent performers and helped us to launch a whole new night of comedy when it moved to Tuesdays this season,” said Dungey. “The Indiana Hecks have found America’s sweet spot with their authentic, acerbic and always loving take on parenting, work, kids, marriage and life.”
The comedy-series first debut back in 2009. Since then, the show has become a consistent performer for the network and has moved on the schedule. The show recently moved from Wednesday to Tuesday nights, taking the coveted 8pm timeslot. After the move the show improved its half-hour by 22% year to year with Total Viewers, and “The Middle” is now ABC’s most-watched comedy in the Tuesday time period in 5 years. The previous title holder was the debut season of “Last Man Standing”.
Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in the single-camera comedy. ABC says that the show is about “raising a family and lowering your expectations”. The network described the show saying, “Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact.”
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
“The Middle” was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television. The show is available to stream on ABC apps and Hulu if you need to catch up.