ABC announced the ninth season of the comedy series The Middle will be the show’s final season. Season nine starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer will premiere on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT. The half-hour family comedy was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.
“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,” stated Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment while announcing the show’s finale season. “I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”
Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth added, “For eight remarkable seasons, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline have crafted a wonderfully relatable, honest, funny and authentic world of middle class life in the heartland of America. The writing, acting and craftsmanship have been superb, and the show has been vividly brought to life each week by the incomparable Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and a creative team that has poured its heart and soul into each and every episode. We look forward to a memorable final season for The Middle, and we thank our passionate and loyal fans!”
“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 creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”