Tim Allen on “Last Man Standing.” (Nicole Wilder/ABC)

Of all the series that ABC recently canceled — including “Dr. Ken,” “The Catch” “The Real O’Neals” and “American Crime” — there’s one that was particularly contentious.

That would be “Last Man Standing,” the sitcom starring Tim Allen as a conservative “man’s man” who hated President Obama and scoffs at political correctness. After the network announced the cancellation last week (its sixth season finale aired in March), some viewers were furious that a series with decent ratings (an average of 8.1 million per week) was scrapped, and pointed to the fact that it’s a conservative-leaning show in liberal Hollywood — with a conservative-leaning star.

Earlier this year, Allen — an outspoken Republican — told Jimmy Kimmel that he attended President Trump’s inauguration, a rarity for anyone in show business. “You gotta be real careful around here,” he told the late-night host. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.”

In a conference call Tuesday to announce ABC’s fall schedule, entertainment president Channing Dungey said “Last Man Standing” was canceled for “business and scheduling reasons,” and a big part of her job is to “make the tough calls and cancel shows we would love to have on.”

“[‘Last Man Standing’] was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings,” Dungey said. “Once we made the decision to not continue with comedies on Friday, that was where we landed.” (Starting in the fall, fairy-tale drama “Once Upon a Time” moves to Friday nights, taking over the time slot from “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken.”)

“Last Man Standing” is also produced by outside studio 20th Century Fox TV, and not ABC Studios, which means there’s less potential financial reward for ABC’s parent company, Disney. While Dungey said that many reasons go into a cancellation decision (ratings, viewer engagement, critical acclaim, ideas for future seasons), ownership structure plays a role. Still, she said, “I wouldn’t say that was the sole factor in not bringing ‘Last Man Standing’ back.”

Currently, a Change.org petition to save the show has about 108,000 signatures. “‘Last Man Standing’ stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values,” the petition reads. “The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify.”

Later in the call, a reporter asked Dungey if the politically charged climate figured into ABC’s decision-making process about upcoming shows and development.

“There’s a lot of news, and I think that people are definitely looking to television as a place they want to feel, they want to laugh, they want to cry … the mood of the country has told us that television is a little bit of an escape,” Dungey said. “What people want to do now is connect and experience and to feel … that did frame a lot of our development thinking this season.”

In other ABC news, Dungey confirmed that hit political drama “Scandal” will end next year after its seventh season. The network also officially announced an eight-episode reboot of “Roseanne,” the working-class sitcom starring Roseanne Barr, which will air in 2018 with its original cast. And next spring will also bring “Dancing With the Stars Junior,” a spinoff of the popular competition series that will pair celebrity kids — and kids of celebrities — with professional junior ballroom dancers.

FALL 2017 PRIME-TIME LINEUP ON ABC

New shows are in bold

MONDAY

8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars”

10 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

TUESDAY

8 p.m. “The Middle”

8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” *

9 p.m. “Blackish” *

9:30 p.m. “The Mayor”

10 p.m. “The Gospel of Kevin”

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. “The Goldbergs” *

8:30 p.m. “Speechless”

9 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “American Housewife” *

10 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

Minnie Driver stars as a no-nonsense mother, sticking up for her family as they move to an upper class neighborhood. (ABC)

THURSDAY

8 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

9 p.m. “Scandal”

10 p.m. “How to Get Away With Murder”

FRIDAY

8 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” *

9 p.m. “Marvel’s Inhumans”/“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.” *

10 p.m. “20/20”

SUNDAY

7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8 p.m. “To Tell the Truth” *

9 p.m. “Shark Tank” *

10 p.m. “Ten Days in the Valley”

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