ABC's controversial cross-dressing comedy Work It dropped considerably Tuesday night from its already soft premiere, while CBS took a handy overall win with a roster that included the top-rated NCIS, according to preliminary numbers.
Work It, on ABC at 8:30 p.m. -- which has drawn the anger of gay, lesbian and transgender groups before it even premiered -- posted a 1.6 rating/4 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, a 20 percent drop from its series premiere last week, and 5 million total viewers.
Last Man Standing at 8 drew a 2.2/6 and 7.9 million total viewers. Celebrity Wife Swap at 9 held steady with last week, taking a 2.1/5 and 5.2 million total viewers, while the network closed the night on an encouraging note with Body of Proof at 10, which posted a modest improvement over last week's series low, receiving a 1.6/4 and 6.9 million total viewers.
At CBS, meanwhile, NCIS took the night's top numbers with a 4.1/11 and 20.8 million total viewers, making it the best-rated and most-watched program of the night. NCIS: Los Angeles the following hour drew a 3.4/8 and 16.7 million total viewers, while Unforgettable at 10 dropped 15 percent to tie its season low, posting a 2.2/6 with 11.2 million total viewers.
Despite the low for Unforgettable, the network's average 3.2/8 for the night put it well above the competition, while its average 16.2 million total viewers made CBS the most-watched network of the night by a wide margin.
NBC ran The Biggest Loser at 8, which ran flat with last week's premiere for a 2.4/6 and 6.6 million total viewers. Parenthood at 10 showed a minor uptick from last week's series low, receiving a 1.8/5 and 4.8 million total viewers.
Fox ran repeats throughout the evening.