ABC puts 'Scrubs,' 'Better Off Ted' in burnoff mode

scrubs-ted-320.jpgABC is apparently in a hurry to finish off the seasons of its two struggling Tuesday comedies, "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted."

The network has scheduled episodes of both shows to run in primetime on New Year's Day, and starting Jan. 5, viewers will get a double dose of "Scrubs" and "Ted" on Tuesday nights -- including opposite the premiere of "American Idol" on Jan. 12. The network is also airing original episodes the next two weeks, which is typically a lightly viewed time.

It all adds up to a rapid run through the bulk of the two shows' orders for the season. By Jan. 12 "Scrubs" will have aired 11 of its 18 episodes and "Ted" will have gone through 10 of its 13. ABC hasn't set its schedule beyond that week.

Both series have had meager showings in the ratings so far. The first four episodes of "Scrubs" have averaged only about 5 million viewers (pending DVR additions), while "Better Off Ted" premiered to 3.8 million viewers last week and dipped to just 3.2 million on Tuesday.

ABC still has a couple of midseason shows it has yet to give homes: The Alyssa Milano comedy "Romantically Challenged," which seems like a good bet to join the Wednesday lineup, and the drama "Happy Town." Whether the network would put a new series against the twin juggernauts of "Idol" and "NCIS" on Tuesdays remains to be seen.

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