The Middle will end after it’s upcoming ninth season. The family sitcom debuted in 2009 and is one of ABC’s longest running comedies, next to Modern Family. The show stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer as the Heck family. “Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Heck’s story to a close. It’s been an amazing run, a once-in a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” said co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The Middle begins its ninth season on October 3rd.