ABC Pulls Work It From Schedule, Replaces with Last Man Standing Repeats
Well, that didn't take long.
After only two airings, ABC has pulled Work It from its schedule, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The poorly reviewed series, which starred Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco as two out-of-work men who dress in drag to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps, debuted Jan. 3 to 6.16 million viewers, with 4.9 million viewers turning in for the second week.
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Work It — which had already been criticized by GLAAD and deemed "an instant early candidate for Worst Show of 2012" — posted a 2.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds in its debut. That's 17 percent below the opening demo of the time slot's previous occupant, Man Up!, which managed to attract 7.7 million viewers for its debut. (The series sank to 4.8 million viewers by its final outing.)
Still, ABC President Paul Lee stood behind the show at the network's winter TV previews Tuesday. "I looked at our portfolio of shows, and certainly, I wanted to bring some new types of shows," Lee said. "We certainly thought there was room for some ambitious shows, some really sexy, sticky shows like Revenge and Scandal, and some sophisticated, smart shows like Suburgatory. I thought there was room, personally, for a very, very, very silly show, and I tried it. We'll see where it goes."
Ratings: Work It premiere worse than Man Up!
For the remainder of January, ABC will air repeats of Last Man Standing in Work It's Tuesday night 8:30/7:30c timeslot. No word on whether the network plans to air the remaining episodes of the series. Sadly, there's also still no premiere date for the third season of Cougar Town.
Will you miss Work It?