Popular ABC sitcom Modern Family is slated to end after its 10th season next year.
Showrunners and co-creators, Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, recently confirmed that their plan is to end with 10 seasons of the Pritchett family. The impressive ensemble cast would need to negotiate new, expensive deals with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television in order to go past a 10th season.
The news of an impending finale came after the show’s 200th episode, which earned 5.8 million viewers. It’s a decent audience, but it’s not nearly as impressive as Modern Family’s turnout in years past. At its peak, the show was consistently attracting 14 million viewers and won Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys for five straight years.
“If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it,” Levitan says to The Hollywood Reporter. “Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”
The show has made top-earning stars of its charming cast, including Sofia Vergara, who earned $41.5 million last year. Vergara has topped the Forbes highest-paid TV actresses list for six years. While Vergara’s income is supplemented by her lucrative endorsements deals, she’s not the only one on the show profiting from Modern Family’s success. The show has spawned a new generation of child actors, bringing Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould into the spotlight as they grew up. Each of the young stars makes at least $100,000 per episode.
Three members of the ensemble cast — Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet — have earned Emmys for their work on Modern Family. The show has banked 22 total Emmy wins for its crew and cast.
But season 10 might not be a final goodbye to the beloved Pritchett clan — there are talks of a spin-off to continue the storylines of the family.