On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, the show joined the ABC Family line-up, airing weekdays from pm to pm Then in September 2008, the show started airing from pm to pm, until October 10, 2008.

Paul sees that Kyle might hurt his daughter's heart, and gives Kyle a little talk about the way he feels.

Kerry, Paul's second daughter, is suspended from school for ditching school.

After Ritter had experienced discomfort during his rehearsal of the show in the afternoon of September 11, 2003, crew members took him to a nearby hospital, where he suddenly died that night following a misdiagnosis of a heart attack.

Following Ritter's death, ABC announced that the show would continue after a hiatus, and would incorporate the death of Ritter's character.

It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.

Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.Gamble was replaced by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee, who had performed the same role in the final season of Spade's sitcom, Just Shoot Me! The Friday night "death slot" ratings took their toll on 8 Simple Rules.The third-season finale was not aired for May sweeps.In mid-December 2012, 8 Simple Rules was removed from ABC Family's weekday line-up, only to be added back in September 2013.In 2003, the show began airing in the UK on the Disney Channel, which was edited for children's viewing.The finale received a 3.9/8 rating share which gave ABC a third-place finish behind NBC's Dateline (5.8/11) and CBS's Joan of Arcadia (4.9/10), which starred Ritter's son, Jason.