‘Black-ish’ to End After Season 8 on ABC, Creator Kenya Barris Says

Black-ish (Credit: ABC)

The cast and crew of Black-ish will soon be saying goodbye.

ABC just renewed the family comedy for an eighth and final season, series creator Kenya Barris announced Friday on Instagram.

“To all the people in the world I love, honor, respect and care for it is both exciting and bittersweet to share that Black-ish been renewed by ABC for it’s EIGHTH… and FINAL SEASON,” Barris captioned a video montage from the series.

“In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for – and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!” he added.

Related StoryABC Cancels Family Comedy ‘Mixed-ish’ After Two Seasons

Barris went on to thank viewers and the team behind the show.

“None of this would have been possible without our audience and supporters, who have championed the show every step of the journey,” he added. “Thank you to everyone who made it possible to get to this point! The cast, crew, writers, directors, executives, and especially my family.”

Related StoryKenya Barris on Why He Chose Writing Over Directing: ‘It Was Cheaper to Write’

The series follows an upper middle class Black family led by Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross).

“Hard to imagine that it’s been 7 yrs of @blackishabc & this will be our 8th & final season,” Tracee Ellis Ross tweeted Friday. “The joy & pride in what we made is immeasurable. Thx 4 laughing, crying & growing with the Johnsons! To the #blackish family: my love 4 you runs deep! Stay tuned y’all. It’s gonna be good!

The series premiered in 2014 on ABC.

Season 7 of Black-ish has averaged a 0.48 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and 2.38 million viewers, according to Tvseriesfinale.com. Compared to season six, that’s down by 18% in the demo and down by 10% in viewers.

Over the years, the comedy has earned several NAACP Image Awards, a prestigious Peabody Award, and multiple Emmy nominations.