Last night, Better Off Ted registered yet another poor performance in the ratings. While the ABC sitcom was up in the 18-49 demographic by 30%, it still ranked a distant fourth place for the time slot. That’s not really a surprise considering that the series is pitted against some powerhouses on the other networks. Why doesn’t ABC move the series to another night?
Better Off Ted is an offbeat comedy that revolves around Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) and the other employees at Veridian Dynamics, a heartless technology company. The rest of the cast includes Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett, and Portia de Rossi.
ABC has expressed disappointment in the show’s performance in year two and has decided to air the episodes of Scrubs and Ted in rapid succession. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson recently admitted that the shows’ timeslots are tough, saying, “Whenever we put comedy on a night other than Wednesday, it’s been an island and we haven’t had a lot of success.”
Since the Tuesday night timeslot doesn’t seem to be working for either comedy, why not shift one of the shows to Wednesday nights, to fill the spot left by cancelled Hank? McPherson said he didn’t feel that either one was compatible with shows like Modern Family or The Middle.
Still, ABC has scheduled the two last Scrubs episodes of the season on Wednesdays in early February. That’s left Ted out in the cold and all the more likely to be cancelled.
Fans of the office sitcom aren’t ready throw in the towel just yet though. They’re campaigning to give Ted a try on Wednesday nights, preferably in an 8:30pm timeslot, and for ABC to renew the series for a third season. Click here for more information.
What do you think? Is Better Off Ted a better fit on Wednesday nights? Would that be enough to save it from being cancelled?
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