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According to Jim: ABC Sitcom Renewed for Season Seven

According to JimAfter the network upfronts in May, many news organizations prematurely reported that According to Jim had been cancelled after six seasons. Though the sitcom wasn’t on the Fall or midseason schedules, ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said, “We are talking to the studio to see if there’s something financially, a deal that would make sense for us.”

Jim has declined considerably in the ratings since it debuted in 2001. Last season, viewership averaged approximately 6.6 million viewers a week and ranked 105th for the season (though to be fair, it was often pitted up against the hugely successful American Idol). ABC dumped the similarly rated George Lopez but kept its options open on Jim. Few expected the sitcom to return for another year but it appears Jim Belushi’s sitcom has beaten the odds.

It’s now been announced that According to Jim has been renewed for a seventh (and likely final) season. The season will be made up of 18 episodes and is expected to return midseason (or earlier if one of ABC’s other new shows tanks). The pickup had been in the works for awhile but was held up by negotiations.

Belushi commented, “For six years, it’s been a joy being part of the ABC and Touchstone families and part of each and every family who have been loyal viewers of our show every week. This season will top all the rest. I’m thrilled to continue this seventh season with these extended families.”

What does the new season hold? Well, there might be a new baby in Jim and Cheryl’s household. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is expecting her first child in January. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather Miller September 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm

when is according to jim back this year

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dominic February 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

im 15 and i love this show make it again

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gwen December 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm

this is a show that me and my family watch and laught at all the time when it been on even when they do reruns i still watch it it is a show my dvr never misses :D it is truly one good show

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jan November 28, 2007 at 4:02 pm

My husband and I love this show and it’s about the only comedy that is funny and family oriented. I hate reality tv and of the talent shows too….THANK YOU FOR RETURNING A GREAT SHOW!
JAN AND TONY

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Austin in Canada October 10, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Too many shows these days focus on just young adults and not on families.Jim and Andy are the funniest duo on TV.Can’t remember having so many laughs.

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Dave October 7, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Yay! Keep Kimberly Williams-Paisley on the air…she is GORGEOUS!!!

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Terri October 6, 2007 at 6:41 pm

I am so glad the show is returning. I have been searching for any info that would let me know for sure..I thought it was cancelled. Thank God, it isn’t!

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jeff September 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm

I’m so happy Jim is renewed. It’s one of the few shows that is still in the old slapstick formula combined with a meaningful family lesson. My hats off to Jim and the rest of the cast for a the best show on television. Time will show in repeats that this is a classic sitcom.

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Anabela September 13, 2007 at 3:20 pm

THERE ARE FEW SHOWS THAT MY HUSBAND AND I AGREE ON BUT ACCORDING TO JIM AND GEORGE LOPEZ WE BOTH LOVE AND CAN SIT WATCHING THEM FOR HOURS.

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Sandy August 31, 2007 at 7:28 pm

I am so glad that According to Jim is returning for another season! It is one of my favorite shows!! Thank you!!

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John August 5, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Iam glad this show is comeing back but that is not fare for him to come back and not george lopez if he is going to come back he should come back to. They are both 2 really good shows and george should come back and have his last season so he can go out the right way these times we live in is hard and its good see other races on tv but i gess this is a white america and they dont like to have any other racess on the top rated networks i hope they change there mind and bring George Lopez back one more time for every body.

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