Today at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, ABC president Stephen McPherson was asked about the current status of Scrubs and Better Off Ted. The two comedies had their season premieres just last month, but in the wake of weak ratings, it's widely perceived that ABC is burning them off, as they are frequently doubling up on episodes this month.
Commenting on the two series, McPherson said, "Well, I think we have obviously been disappointed with the way that's performed. I think it's been tough for us because we hadn't had a lot of comedy success. Wherever we put comedy now other than Wednesday, it is a little bit of an island. We didn't feel that those two shows were really compatible with the Wednesday night, so that's why they weren't originally part of it when we were programming it in the fall."
McPherson remarked, "I love both those shows. I mean, Scrubs is something that I did resurrect. I think that they've done an amazing job of taking a show into very later years with the challenge of the lead only being in a few episodes. They've really found some great young actors in there. So I would hope that there's a potential that that could grow, but I'm not going to lie and say that the numbers have been really encouraging for us. Our intent is not to burn them off. It was really - we felt like that was the best slot we had in this time, and we went for it. And it hasn't worked out the way we would have liked."
McPherson said the shows shouldn't be considered cancelled, but that a decision would be made after they end their seasons in the next few weeks.