Will ‘The Middle’ Be Renewed for Season 9 on ABC?
“The Middle” Season 8 kicked off on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8|7c on ABC, losing 17.32% of the viewing audience, gathering a bit more than its May finale (6.784 million viewers). ABC attributes this to the new time slot. Critics and viewers have not had a chance to express their feelings regarding the current season of the sitcom so far. But an army of devoted fans strives to figure out whether or not “The Middle” will return for Season 9 on ABC, and if this happens, when will its release date? There has been no official announcement of renewal hitherto. But you can scroll down, in order to sign up for our notifications, or get acquainted with our forecast on the subject.
Despite the pretty significant drop of the viewing audience during the season premiere, we still suppose that “The Middle” has a chance to be renewed for a next season. Besides, the comedy series was a success among the viewers within all the last seasons. Currently, according to IMDB, “The Middle” has a score of 7.5 out of 10 based on approx. 33,000 user votes, 83 reviews from viewers and 8 reviews from critics. At the same time, according to TV.com, “The Middle” has a score of 8.6 out of 10 based on approx. 1,000 user votes.
Let’s take a look at the figures of the eighth season in order to improve our forecast. The premiere episode of Season 8 has drawn 6.784 million viewers (-17.32% compared to last season’s premiere) with a 1.80 demo rating (-16.28%) among adults (18-49). For comparison, “The Middle” Season 7 averaged a 1.89 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.33 million total viewers (live + same day ratings). “‘The Middle’ Season 8 dominated Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in the half-hour by 89% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/7 vs. 0.9/3),” according to ABC. “‘The Middle’ was up from its final Wednesday telecast in May by 6% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 on 5/18/16) to tie the show’s best rating since February – since 2/24/16,” according to the official data by ABC.
“The Middle” Season 8 picks up when “Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April (Greer Grammer) – the love of Axl’s life – but discover that love may indeed be blind when April reveals a quirky personality trait,” according to ABC.
Renewal Potential and Notification of the Release Date
“The Middle” Season 8 debuted on Oct. 11 on ABC, and its debut drew 6.784 million viewers, as well as, as expected, has been praised by the target audience. ABC has yet to announce the decision on renewal or cancellation of the sitcom. But we have every reason to believe that “The Middle” Season 9 would take place on ABC, taking into account the data presented above. However, we would like to wait for the official announcement by ABC. Fortunately, thanks to our notification system, we’re able to notify you about the further updates of the comedy series, as well as about “The Middle” Season 9 release date. Don’t miss the premiere! Join our list of subscribers using the form below, and we’ll deliver a notification on the release date directly to your inbox.
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