Tim Allen Makes Strong TV Return with ‘Last Man Standing’ [VIDEO]

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on October 12 2011 3:51 PM

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Tim Allen and Nancy Travis in ABC's Last Man Standing. ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television/Randy Holmes

 

Tim Allen made quite the return to the television screen on Tuesday night.

The premiere of his new ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing, grabbed a total of 13 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The strong number paved the way for the Dancing with the Stars results show, which drew in 16.6 million viewers as Chynna Phillips and partner Tony Dovolani made their exit.

Last Man Standing marks Allen's second sitcom series of his career. The 58-year-old actor has come a long way since his Home Improvement days.

For eight seasons in the '90s, Allen played Tim Taylor on the popular sitcom that launched the careers of Pamela Anderson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and others.

On Last Man Standing, Allen plays family man Mike Baxter, who is dominated at home by his three daughters and wife, played by Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby).

Over the years, Allen has quietly made a handful of forgettable films including the superhero film Zoom, Wild Hogs with John Travolta and the straight-to-DVD comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay.

Besides Tim Taylor, Allen's most famous role is perhaps providing the voice of Buzz Lightyear, the space ranger action figure who last appeared in Toy Story 3 in 2010. The film is currently Pixar's highest ever grossing film, with an estimated revenue of $1 billion at the box office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

The next episode of Last Man Standing airs on ABC on Tuesday.

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