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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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Dana October 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I hate to see this show end… I really enjoy Jim and Andy those 2 together is hilarious…they both are so funny and really make the show…It’s sad cause all the shows I really seemed to enjoy watching are ending.

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Ah Man October 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

According to Jim is Amazing! Sad to see it go….and how can you not like the show? Its f in hilariouse!

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Kimberly September 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Bring back Jim and keep him on. It is one of last good shows around you can actually watch with the WHOLE FAMILY!!! We are not getting enough wholesome tv shows anymore. They are just filled with bs. I love Jim, every part of it, it always made me laugh. I live in Dallas, I even stay up to watch the reruns at 12:30 am. We need more shows we can watch with the whole family aka children!! Make more of these types. Put him in another non-conflicting time slot, just don’t cancel it. Please…. Jim was fall out of your sit funny, and heart warming as well. Love it! Bring it back! Listen to the people!

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Harry September 25, 2009 at 2:02 am

me sooo sad

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Tammie September 15, 2009 at 1:32 am

I love the show I wish they would put the rest of the seasons out on DVD’s I keep waiting… please just release the first season and not the rest.. Thanks

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jojo August 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

noooo waaaay .. I love this show and I love every character in it ..
I think they shouldn’t cancel it .. its a great loss ..
I love Jim Belushi and I think he’s great .. I disagree with him in many things but still I think he’s amazing …

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TALHA August 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

THIS WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER!I HAVE WATCHED EVERY EPISODE OF THIS SHOW AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MANY MORE!IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF IT GETS CANCELLED.I LOVE IT MAN!PLEASE DONT CANCEL IT ABC!

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heinenken August 20, 2009 at 5:36 am

Wow this was one of the best shows i have watched and stayed with in a long time. And to hear it’s gone cause of a waste of time show like American Idol it’s just a shame.

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Shanks August 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

Seriously.. this show should have atleast two more seasons.. I mean cmon.. that jim guys damn funny.. and i am a fan of campbell.. When ever i watch this show i feel light and free of tension.. this show makes me laugh.. two more season won t hurt.. and may be another one after that.. and another one.. and another :D

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Peggy July 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I think shows like according to Jim are good for familys. not enough good comadys are on t.v. anymore, that a shame.
Peggy

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Gebe July 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

This was a good show, but like many other sitcoms involving children, as they grow up the storylines get more and more ridiculous, and material get farfetched.

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cal July 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

such a good show. tsk it had to end. i always likes andy and his lighsaber
“andy put that thing away.”
“BZZZump”

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Lynne July 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

Very entertaining show. Still split my sides laughing when remembering the episode of “Jim and Andy trying to escape through a bathroom window and kept slipping on the flooded bathroom floor .” Here we go again – Another fantastic show hits the dust. I suppose ABC doesn’t really care about dedicated viewers. Would more than appreciate its continuation. PLEASE

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Milki July 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm

According to Jim needs to stay alive. Its like reading FHM magazine. Jim OWNS, suck my **** and go **** yourself to people who dosnt like jim. Youre gay -.-

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jason June 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

i think hot ten needs to do something better with his time then sitting around talking shit on acording to jim. just cause he has no life ,idiot.

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