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. othmane says

    The best show ever, It’s really sad that the show has been canceled.

    I did enjoy watching the show, it’s one of the funniest TV shows ever. I like the humor. I bet if you count the number of people who watched the show world wild they will exceed 20 Mils.

    Again it’s sad.

  2. Milton D. Van Dyne says

    Cancelling ACCORDING TO JIM was a big mistake. ABC needs to rethink some of the showes that thay have on now,they are a JOKE !!!

  3. David B> says

    Put According To Jim back on the air, i love watching it, and Jim is really funny. Danna is HOT!!! but all in all the show is gr8…!!!

  4. Sad In B-More says

    Since this was cancelled, I don’t even watch any network shows anymore. Nothing on that’s good old fashioned family/friends humor. Sad!! Apparently the networks think we’re all gay or liberals nowadays, and they wonder where all the viewers have gone!

  5. mozee says

    this show is really gr8 and i think that abc is making a huge mistake by cancelling it
    as long as people love the show n’ they rn’t bored or something the show must go on
    we wanna c how jim and cheryl going to handel ruby and gracey problems at age 17 and kyle’s hesterical personality and andy’s relationships,dana wiz her baby boy,alot of stuff is still there to discusss ABC

  6. rick patrilla says

    Keep Jim on – axe the idiots who say axe him. cut the fat from the top. let Jim and cast get a pay raise.

  7. syed wajid ismail says

    According to Jim make one realize different accepts of married life and people around you, character Jim makes it possible……I wish show contineous

  8. Rabih says

    According to Jim is the best show i ever watched…I am crazy about Jim and Cheryl, Jim is great all characters are wonderful i just adore them all, Cheryl, Andy, Dana and oh my good the cutest Ruby…they are just amazing… i feel so sad about canceling it… I love them all… Rabih From Lebanon

  9. Kevin says

    Big mistake ABC. You had a cast and crew that were successful, that put on a solid family show week after week. What do you you think you are going to replace it with? More reality TV garbage. Big mistake ABC!

  10. cindy says

    I absolutely hate they are cancelling According to Jim. It’s the last show I watch on ABC, since they’ve cancelled everything else. Maybe another network will have the good sense to pick it up like CBS picked up Medium after NBC cancelled it.

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