By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NEW YORK — After the first week of the television season, Tim Allen has bragging rights over Candice Bergen.

The return of Allen’s sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” reached 8.1 million viewers on Fox last Friday night. The Nielsen company says that was more than the 7.5 million people who tuned into the revival of Bergen’s “Murphy Brown” on CBS the night before.

CBS heavily promoted the return of “Murphy Brown” after two decades and Hillary Clinton had a cameo in the first episode. “Last Man Standing” had been gone for a year after being canceled by ABC. The network said it was strictly business, but fans of Trump supporter Allen believed it had political overtones.

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