August 2, 2017

ABC announced today that The Middle will be coming to an end after its upcoming ninth season. The family comedy was given an early renewal back in January after being moved to Tuesday nights from its familiar Wednesday night slot for Season 8.

The half-hour series is the latest veteran comedy on the network to come to an end. Last Man Standing was unexpectedly cancelled back in May after its sixth season. The difference with The Middle is that the advanced notice should give its showrunners the opportunity to plan out a proper ending for when the show signs off for good in 2018.

Season 9 of The Middle will premiere on Tuesday, October 3.