'The Middle' Renewed For Season 5 By ABC

THE MIDDLE - 'The Bachelor' - Frankie can't hide her disappointment over whom 'The Bachelor' chooses to marry and ends up mop
THE MIDDLE - 'The Bachelor' - Frankie can't hide her disappointment over whom 'The Bachelor' chooses to marry and ends up moping around the house for days about it; Mike tries to toughen Sue up when she joins the school's tennis team and continually compliments her opponents during their matches; and Axl and Cassidy try to figure out where their relationship stands after their big fight, on 'The Middle,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Michael Ansell/ABC via Getty Images) NEIL FLYNN, EDEN SHER

ABC has renewed "The Middle" for a fifth season.

The Heck family sitcom, which stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, has put up consistently solid ratings for ABC on Wednesday nights. "The Middle" ratings hit a season-high on April 16, drawing in 7.5 million viewers and scoring a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic.

ABC Family acquired the syndication rights to "The Middle" in March of 2012, so the alphabet network had double the financial incentive to bring the show back for another season.

In addition to "The Middle," ABC renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC canceled an additional five series from the 2012-2013 season: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," "Malibu Country" and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour." ABC has not confirmed the reported fates of "Family Tools" and "The Neighbors."

ABC also picked up a number of comedies for the 2013-2014 season: "Super Fun Night" starring Rebel Wilson; ensemble "Mixology"; Malin Akerman's "Trophy Wife"; family comedy "The Goldbergs" and "Back in the Game" starring James Caan. On the drama side, in addition to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC picked up spinoff "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"; drama "The Returned"; David Zabel's "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal"; the Christian Slater/Steve Zahn vehicle "Mind Games" and Sofia Vergara-produced "Killer Women."

"The Middle" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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