ABC doubling up 'Scrubs,' 'Better Off Ted'

Move could signal beginning of end for struggling comedies

ABC has the most-lauded new half-hour comedy of the year with "Modern Family," but the network's returning shows haven't fared so well.

"Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" have been struggling on Tuesday nights, and the network plans to double them up next month.

ABC will air two episodes of each series on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, and on Friday, Jan. 1, it will run a new "Scrubs" sandwiched between two "Teds." Both shows could burn through all their remaining episodes by the end of the month, making a return next season less than likely.

"Scrubs" joined the ABC family last year after NBC canceled the long-running Bill Lawrence sitcom. Despite a cast overhaul that sought to refocus the show on a younger generation of interns, viewership has been modest, the show sinking in the Nielsens.