‘The Middle’ To End With Season 9

Though it hasn’t begun, ABC has decided to end it’s comedy series The Middle after the ninth season.  It’s one of the networks longest running sitcoms, but has never scored huge ratings.  It saw a small increase last year after moving to Tuesdays.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said this in a statement, “The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home. We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style, I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”

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While the cancellation is a surprise to fans, the cast and crew knew it was coming to an end.

“Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close.  It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” said co-creators Heisler and Heline. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”

The middle stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie,the narrator and matriarch of the Heck family. Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

The final season will premiere Tuesday, October 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Parish Hodges
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