ABC has renewed comedy The Middle for season 9 making it on of the longest running scripted shows offered by the network.
The Middle follows the Heck family of Orson, Indiana. Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average family.
The show hovers around a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic in Nielsens Live+Same Day ratings, and typically sees growth of 50% or more once DVR viewing for Live+3 ratings.