According to Jim: ABC Sitcom Ending After Eight Years, No Season Nine

According to JimAfter barely escaping cancellation for the last two years, it looks like the network grim reaper has finally caught up with According to Jim. The ABC sitcom is ending its long run at the end of this season. The network hasn’t announced it but one of the series stars has.

According to Jim is a lighthearted sitcom that revolves around a suburban father named Jim (Jim Belushi). Though he means well, he often gets into trouble while trying to be the king of his castle, manipulate his beautiful wife Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith), and trying to raise his kids (Taylor Atelian, Billi Bruno, and Conner Rayburn). Adding to his troubles are Cheryl’s strong-willed sister, Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and her hapless brother, Andy (Larry Joe Campbell). Other series performers include Tony Braunagel, John Rubano, Mitch Rouse, and Charlie Hartsock.

The ABC sitcom debuted back in 2001 and averaged 10 million viewers for its freshman year. Jim’s audience grew in year two to over 10.6 million. The ratings remained fairly consistent for seasons three and four as well. The numbers started to decline after that and by season six, it was averaging just 6.65 million. To be fair, it was often scheduled against the hugely successful American Idol.

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So, it looked like Jim was doomed to be cancelled in May 2007. After all, the network had also already cancelled the similarly-rated George Lopez. And, when ABC announced its fall and mid-season schedules, Jim wasn’t on either of them. It was later announced that the series would return for an abbreviated season of 18 episodes. Year seven kicked off in January 2008 and the season averaged only 5.3 million viewers, a dismal showing for a series on a major network.

You would think that the sitcom’s fate would be sealed with those numbers but Jim was miraculously renewed for an eighth season. It turned out that the renewal had little to do with the ratings and everything to with syndication revenue. The sitcom is produced by ABC’s in-house production company and it makes a lot of money for the company in off-network reruns. Between the future syndication sales and fewer pilots having been produced (due to the writers strike), it just made financial sense for Jim to come back for another season.

Since the sitcom kicked off in December, it’s averaged just 5.07 million viewers. Production on season eight has been completed for awhile and apparently, enough is enough. Though ABC hasn’t said anything about the Jim’s fate, one of the show’s stars has.

In a recent interview with Chris Harrison, Campbell revealed that the sitcom was over. When asked if he was sure it was done, he said, “Yeah, this is [the end]… When they bulldozed the stage, (laughing) we were pretty sure we were done.”

Jim has had a long run and Campbell gives a lot of the credit to Belushi’s vision. The actor said, “It stuck around I think because of Jim’s point of view. He has a strong point of view on how he sees relationships and a lot of people agree with him and a lot of people disagree but I either way, it ends up being very entertaining… There wasn’t going to be talk of divorce, there was never going to be that threat. He’s a college graduate. He’s successful in his job. So, it wound up being a show where everyone could get involved and just enjoy each other.”

For fans of the show, there is positive news. There are still a dozen unaired episodes left in this season. Though the sitcom isn’t currently on ABC’s schedule, it seems likely to return at some point, possibly opposite Idol. If not, you’ll certainly be able to see them in syndication.

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  1. jason says

    i love this show i wath it everyday no matter what. people dont like it because jim is a stereotype.i love it and who ever dont like it are a bunch of little snot nose GIRLS>

  2. Alexander says

    i’m not quite sure if tv, the way it always has been, is doomed for a darker future. c’mon: a couple of years ago everything went through old fashioned broadcasting methods, but the internet changed that. i don’t really want to sit every week in front of the “magic window” and wait for my show with some advertisement breaks.
    business and other things changed too during introduction of cell phones and internet.
    so start thinking outside the box: those people, which are going to buy the dvd set and watching it on other media still exist and i think they can explain the loss of viewers

  3. Some says

    I Think thay should keep the show going untill season 20 cause i love the this tv show i just can’t went and buy all of the season 1-7 and just waiting for 8 to come out on dvd and hell thay should come out with a movie of According to Jim

  4. Suzanne Tyrrell says

    “According to Jim” is laugh out loud funny. Love the cast.- unfortunately it’s part of a dying breed of family ( a bit randy) shows that no longer exist. Today It’s all about eternal bachelorhood and bachelorette-hood.. Americans are absorbed in self-absorption and narcissism. I just wish “Jim” were on earlier than 1 AM. so I could watch the re-runs.

  5. CG says

    I miss According to Jim. I thought it was a great comedy. I am so disappointed to find out its been cancelled.

  6. Mary Jane (Belgium) says

    Oh come on, why cancel the best sitcom since ‘Friends’? Season 8 isn’t on the air here in Belgium, but I must say season 7 is the best season. Don’t cancel it, if you don’t like it, look the other way. And by the way, Pushing Daisies sucks big time.

  7. says

    TAYLOR ATELIAN (Ruby) is a hot hot hot babe!!! I can’t believe the dumb asses at ABC cancelled the show. That was one of the still funny and classic shows on TV. It’s too bad….

  8. francesco says

    who is that genius that commands the palinsestis of the shows in the tv abc? … it is a big incompetent…because according to jim was a very beautiful show…. this decrease of televiewers is only due to the lack of cheryll in the series 7 and dana in the series 8 only for this… give back to us the complete cast in the series 9

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