Despite continuing low ratings, FOX renewed The Last Man on Earth TV show for a fourth season. Season four can be a dangerous time for low-rated TV series. While 100 episodes still may be the gold standard for syndication, in recent years, packages with 88 episodes or so (i.e. four seasons of around 22 episodes each) have sold well. However, this sitcom has had shorter than average seasons. A total of only 49 episodes were produced during its first three installments. Could that low count help it snag another pickup? Will The Last Man on Earth be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned. *See update below.
A FOX post-apocalyptic comedy, The Last Man on Earth stars Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman. After a deadly virus devastates the planet, Phil Tandy Miller (Forte) believes he’s the last human alive. Eventually, he finds other survivors and alternates between misery and elation. In season four, to avoid nuclear fallout, the survivors set sail for Mexico, even though none of them know how to pilot the boat. They also have to squeeze in two new passengers, Pamela (Kristen Wiig) and her dog, Jeremy.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/7 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The third season of The Last Man on Earth averaged a 0.89 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.124 million total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like The Last Man on Earth TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on FOX?
5/10/18 update: FOX has cancelled The Last Man on Earth so there won’t be a fifth season. Details here.
A word if I may, welp i’ve been stalking the show page since the end of S4.. Only to find this on the 1st of the year. Please Bring them Back!
The way season 4 ended is bs to not make a season 5. I dont have basic tv service and i use hulu. I am a huge fan of the show and am very upset that it will not continue. It is by far my favorite show. Please reconsider continuing.
This show was recommended to me a month ago and now I am HOOKED!!!! Please don’t cancel this show! I have a few episodes of Season 4 left and I am so sad and need to know what happens! AND I have been telling everyone how funny this show is! It has made me laugh, cringe, cry, and really got me thinking! So please Fox, don’t take it away!
Please don’t cancel, this show is hilarious! I love cliffhangers, they are equally exciting and frustrating. They really make you look forward to the next season.
Permanent cliffhangers just stink.
At the very least, please allow enough episodes to answer all of our many questions…especially, “Who are all those people?!?!?”
Yes, the ratings have been low. Yes, TV shows are a business that needs to profit. But please don’t forget about the fans who have been loyal, never missing an episode. We love this show.
Our numbers may be small, but we are mighty! 🙂
in the netherlands it’s canceld from season 3 so please make a good comeback and make more seasons
No please don’t cancel this show. My 8 year old and I love watching this together. I’m so sad to tell him we won’t be able to find out what’s going to happen with the crowd of people on the last scene. I’m lretty sure he will cry. Hopefully something silly and light hearted that I can enjoy with my young children will come on and our family time can be filled with belly laughs the way this show did. I’m so disappointed to be honest.
PLEASE DONT CANCE!!! THIS IS SO AMAZING. And it’s so so so funny and Tandy makes my sides hurt from laughing so hard. Pleeaasssee
I’m literally so upset. I was excited to get off of work just so I can come home to watch this. I’m so disappointed… this is honestly ********. You guys are making a huge mistake in my opinion.
KEEEEPPPPPP ITTTTTTTTTT PLEAAAAAAAAASE
**** why? Continue please….