Surprise, surprise.. ABC cancelled Work It after just two episodes. Since premiering, the show only drew in 4.9 million viewers in the Tuesday 8:30/7:30c time slot. Considering its predecessor Last Man Standing draws in almost 8 million viewers each week.
Work It brought more controversy than anything to the station. First critics claimed it was too similar to the 70s sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” while LGBT groups felt it was discriminatory against transgender individuals. Finally, Puerto Ricans were boycotting the show after Amaury Nolasco used the line, “I’m a Puerto Rican, I’d be great at selling drugs.”
For now, Last Man Standing will air for an hour, though some suspect this time slot may soon be home to Cougar Town.
Work It is the second show to fail in the 8:30 time slot. Man Up was cancelled after just six episodes, and this show drew in more viewers than Work It. ABC is looking for a show with the success of Last Man Standing, Modern Family and Happy Endings. The truth is 4.9 million viewers is decent for a new show. For granted, Work It had a terrible storyline with an even worse script, but ABC needs to give shows a chance.
Unless the show has a major star (like Tim Allen), it’s almost as if viewers are afraid to get involved in new shows. Man Up and The Playboy Club are just two shows that were also prematurely cut from the schedule. Running Wilde and My Generation had the same problem last year. Networks are not willing to give shows a chance before pulling the plug.
Classics like Friends and Seinfeld didn’t have overnight success. These took a couple season to gain the fan base and loyalty they still have today. Why do people want to tune into a show that may or may not be cancelled the next week?