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Press Release

PTC to Fox: Ax The Mick, Air Last Man Standing Instead

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 5/22/2017

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2017) – The Parents Television Council is recommending that Fox Broadcasting reverse course and cancel “The Mick”; and, in its place, air new episodes of “Last Man Standing,” which ABC recently canceled despite being the second-most-watched comedy on the network. Fox Broadcast’s parent company produces and owns the rights to “Last Man Standing.”

“If Fox were to replace ‘The Mick’ with new episodes of ‘Last Man Standing,’ it would be a win-win-win, and how often can we say that?” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Parents would win because there would be less-explicit content marketed to family audiences at times when children are likely to be watching. Advertisers would win because they’d have a higher-rated and much safer show in terms of content. Many sponsors removed their media dollars from ‘The Mick’ after learning about the program’s explicit content.

“And the Fox Broadcast Network’s parent corporation would win, and win big, because of the future treasure trove each new episode of ‘Last Man’ will bring during syndication. Plus they would garner more ad dollars for the network from such a move.

“While ‘Last Man Standing’ isn’t a perfect show for family audiences – we’ve given it a Yellow Light Rating in our own rating system because of occasional sexual innuendo and language – it’s a much safer show for families than ‘The Mick’ and, for that matter, much safer than most programs that air on primetime broadcast television. We urge Fox to consider our programming recommendation.”

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at