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ABC has ordered two comedy pilots from Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan and Man Up! creator Chris Moynihan, TVGuide.com has learned. Khan's Fresh Off the Boat is a...
It's a good time to be Seth MacFarlane, with a hit movie (Ted) under his belt, a gig as Oscar host in his future, and a mini-empire on the Fox network, whose Sunday "Animation Domination" lineup is overrun with his shows, most notably and memorably Family Guy. Not many shows that got canceled early in its run (after several seasons of incredibly incompetent scheduling), only to be resurrected on the strength of DVD sales and a cult cable following, manage to live on to mark a 200th-episode milestone.
This is how much of a drag the premiere of the poorly reviewed Work It was: the show put up numbers worse than those that got its predecessor, Man Up!. canceled. The new series — which has 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. That's 17 percent below the opening demo of the time slot's previous occupant, which managed to attract 7.7 million viewers for its debut, according to Nielsen overnights. (The series sank to 4.8 million viewers by its final outing.)
ABC has pulled its struggling freshman comedy Man Up!, effective immediately. The sitcom will be replaced with reruns of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, until the premiere of Work It on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The annual parade of sexy women in sexy Victoria's Secret lingerie won the final hour of Tuesday's prime time for CBS. Hard to believe! It also posted its largest demo rating ever in the nine years that it's aired. On a more wholesome note, Rudolph with his nose so bright and his venerable TV special (with Burl Ives' narration) led off a night that the network easily won in both viewership and 18-to-49-year-olds. But it was a rerun of NCIS — the current season's No. 1 show after 10 weeks — that snared the night's most viewers.