Thanks to syndication profits, Scrubs is one of those shows that seems to just keep going and going. Could this finally be the end of the road?
Scrubs follows hospital life as seen through the eyes of Dr. J.D. Dorian (Zach Braff). After having left Sacred Heart last season, he’s returned to help teach a new crop of med students. The current cast includes Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Ken Jenkins, Sarah Chalke, Eliza Coupe, Kerry Bishe, Michael Mosley, and Dave Franco.
Based simply on the ratings, ABC shouldn’t have been renewed the show last season. Scrubs had dwindled to an average of just 4.97 million viewers and a low 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. It was saved because ABC’s production studio produces the show and another season would bring more money in syndication.
This season, with several members of the cast only popping in occasionally, the ratings have gotten even worse. Thus far, Scrubs has averaged just a 1.6 rating and 3.7 million viewers. That’s bad — like “do not resuscitate” bad.
Next week’s episode of Scrubs marks the season finale and is titled “Our Thanks.” Or is it the series finale as the ABC.com website says. It’s possible that it’s just a website error but either way, it seems unthinkable that ABC wouldn’t finally cancel the venerable sitcom.
UPDATE: An ABC rep emailed us to say that it’s actually the season finale and that a decision hasn’t been made about the show’s future. She didn’t however return a second email to address why ABC.com is still calling it the series finale, even 24 hours later, nor why the (supposedly official) Facebook page (as pointed out by “Derek” in our comments) describes this week’s and next week’s as “the final two episodes of the series.”
What do you think? Is next week’s really the last episode of Scrubs? Do you think it’s finally time to say goodbye or is there still some life left in it?