There was speculation that The Middle might be coming to an end because contracts were up and Charlie McDermott signed on for a CBS pilot. Well, with or without son Axl, The Middle is coming back for a seventh season on ABC.
Taking place in Orson, Indiana, The Middle revolves around the Heck family. It’s headed by Mike (Neil Flynn), who manages a local quarry, and Frankie (Patricia Heaton), a dental assistant. Together, they do their best to make ends meet, have a relationship, and raise their three very different kids (McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer).
Season-to-season, The Middle performed about the same in season six, averaging a 2.01 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.64 million viewers. It remains a solid performer for ABC.
McDermott has made a comedy pilot for CBS called Super Clyde. If it doesn’t become a series, it’s expected that he will return to The Middle full-time. If the project does move forward, we’ll be seeing far less of the eldest Heck son on ABC.
What do you think? Do you like The Middle? How long should it run? Would you miss McDermott if he wasn’t on the show?