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Scandal: Season Two Ratings

ABC TV show Scandal ratingsIn its first season, Scandal drew mediocre ratings and was nearly cancelled. ABC likely brought it back because they need new dramas and are hoping that the ratings would improve in season two. Will they be glad that they took the risk? Time will tell.

The second season of Scandal typically airs Thursday nights at 10pm on the ABC network. The cast includes Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Katie Lowes, and Tony Goldwyn.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Scandal is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.53 million total viewers. (adjusted average due to transposed number for second episode)

Episode 02-22: Thursday, 05/16/13
3.2 in the demo (0% change) with 9.12 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 2.50 in the demo with 7.48 million.

UPDATE: ABC has renewed this show for a third season for 2013-14.

Episode 02-21: Thursday, 05/09/13
3.2 in the demo (+23% change) with 8.87 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 2.47 in the demo with 7.40 million.

Episode 02-20: Thursday, 05/02/13
2.6 in the demo (-7% change) with 8.07 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.43 in the demo with 7.33 million.

Episode 02-19: Thursday, 04/25/13
2.8 in the demo (+8% change) with 7.90 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.42 in the demo with 7.29 million.

Episode 02-18: Thursday, 04/04/13
2.6 in the demo (0% change) with 8.04 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.40 in the demo with 7.25 million.

Episode 02-17: Thursday, 03/28/13
2.6 in the demo (-4% change) with 7.97 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.39 in the demo with 7.21 million.

Episode 02-16: Thursday, 03/21/13
2.7 in the demo (0% change) with 8.51 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.38 in the demo with 7.16 million.

Episode 02-15: Thursday, 02/21/13
2.7 in the demo (0% change) with 7.68 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.35 in the demo with 7.07 million.

Episode 02-14: Thursday, 02/14/13
2.7 in the demo (-4% change) with 8.02 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.33 in the demo with 7.03 million.

Episode 02-13: Thursday, 02/07/13
2.8 in the demo (+4% change) with 8.14 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.30 in the demo with 6.95 million.

Episode 02-12: Thursday, 01/31/13
2.7 in the demo (+4% change) with 8.09 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.26 in the demo with 6.85 million.

Episode 02-11: Thursday, 01/17/13
2.6 in the demo (-7% change) with 7.93 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 2.22 in the demo with 6.74 million.

Episode 02-10: Thursday, 01/10/13
2.8 in the demo (+17% change) with 8.37 million (+17% change).
Season averages: 2.18 in the demo with 6.62 million.

ABC TV show ratingsEpisode 02-09: Thursday, 12/13/12
2.4 in the demo (-4% change) with 7.14 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.11 in the demo with 6.43 million.

Episode 02-08: Thursday, 12/06/12
2.5 in the demo (+14% change) with 7.39 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.08 in the demo with 6.34 million.

Episode 02-07: Thursday, 11/29/12
2.2 in the demo (+10% change) with 6.64 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 2.01 in the demo with 6.19 million.

Episode 02-06: Thursday, 11/15/12
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 6.02 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.98 in the demo with 6.11 million.

Episode 02-05: Thursday, 11/08/12
1.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 6.06 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.98 in the demo with 6.13 million.

UPDATE: ABC has ordered a full season of 22 episodes.

Episode 02-04: Thursday, 10/25/12
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 6.11 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.00 in the demo with 6.14 million.

Episode 02-03: Thursday, 10/18/12
1.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 6.17 million (+11% change).
Season averages: 2.00 in the demo with 6.16 million.

Episode 02-02: Thursday, 10/04/12
2.0 in the demo (-5% change) with 5.65 million (-1.3% change).
Season averages: 2.05 in the demo with 6.15 million.

Episode 02-01: Thursday, 09/27/12
2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.74 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.10 in the demo with 6.74 million.

Year-to-year, the season premiere of Scandal was up by 5% in the demo (vs a 2.0 rating) and down by 8% in viewers (vs 7.33 million).

Reference point: The 2011-12 season averaged a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.02 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you still like the Scandal TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Widgets  

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michelle October 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I absolutely love Scandal!! I have been watching it since the very first show. why anyone would want to cancel it is beyond me. it’s one of the best shows on tv. it needs more previews from week to week. please do not get rid of this show!!!


Helen Naiduk October 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My husband and I started watching Scandal last season but now, after seeing the Move On ad, featuring Kerry Washington, lying on behalf of President Obama, we, our many relatives, and friends will not watch any program that she plays in. How ludicrous to state that Romney is against breast cancer screening, especially after his wife Ann had breast cancer. ABC must really be hard up for ratings.


Kayla October 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Unfortunately, she did not lie. Mitt Romney does not care for Women’s Rights. It is not ludicrous if it is the truth. If that stops you from watching people on TV for their political views in real life then you should not watch anyone on TV . Heck I don’t like Clint Eastwood for the RNC but that does not mean I will not watch his movies. I know how to separate the two.


Dee October 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I absolutely love the show “Scandal! ” So ratings are down and I can’t understand that. Whose points of view are represented in the Nielson ratings. I used to love “Grey’s Anatomy”, but I must tell you this season I looked forward to “Scandal”. The season premiere was so much better than “Grey’s Anatomy” in my opinion. I would hate to see it taken off the air. Why are previews for “Scandal” imbedded with those for “Grey’s Anatomy”? What is the rationale for this? Isn’t that a problem if you want the rating to improve? I’m just saying.


Sandy October 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Love this show. I hope that ABC allows it to gain an audience after the 2012 election.


Shanel October 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I LOVE Scandal. I seen one episode on HULU last week and have been hooked ever since. Love Kerry Washington and Columbus Short. Would hate to see it cancelled after I just found it.


Kim J October 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

We ( my husband and I ) LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! We said the same thing as one of your earlier post. Up until this year, we only bought one other TV show series in our life and that was ” The Cosby Show” . Scandal season 1 was money well spent!!!! We could not wait for season 2 to start. We love Kerry Washington and the cast ( Mr. C. Short we love you too!! )


Leigh Ann von Hoelle October 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

I think season 2 is better than season 1 and i loved the first season. Don’t know why the ratings has dropped because i can’t wait until it comes on each week. The characters all are matched perfectly and i love the twists and turns.


Mrs. T October 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

This show is one of the best on tv now – the premier this year covering last year’s cliffhanger was better than any of the other cliffhanger shows from last year. I also believe abc should advertise this show more . They seem to spend more time and money on other shows. We need a full season of this show – it is very addictive!


Kimberly Edwards October 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. All of the characters are so flawed and complex. I now look forward to Thursday nights.


Jan October 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

I love certain TV shows for 2 reasons: 1) those that make you laugh like Big Bang and 2) those that make me think. SCANDAL definitely makes me think and I LOVE it and have been watching it since day 1. I missed the premier this time because I didn’t see not even 1 promo for it but decided to look it up on line and saw I already had missed it. Went RIGHT on line (at work) and watched it online and caught the 2nd show that night on TV. Wonderful, engaging, fast-paced and always always interesting. I find it kinda interesting that Olivia does what she does but you can tell that sometimes it kills a little part of her bit by bit. I also hope she starts dating soon!


Tee A. October 2, 2012 at 6:09 am

I love love love this show…I don’t really watch network tv but I was browsing Netflix and saw Kerry Washington (whom i love) plugged in and was hooked. I do not see any advertising for this show. I thought no one knew about it until I opened up my dusty Facebook acct. and saw EVERYONE was following the story line. ABC, you brought it back for a reason, now commit and go full throttle…you won’t regret it!


MsT September 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I love this show and I am really disappointed more people aren’t watching but I also don’t feel like I’m seeing enough promos from the network. Seems like the cast is doing the publicity itself via twitter.


P. Fields September 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I love the show. I will be deeply sadden if it is cancelled. GREAT PRODUCTION,


Sharieka Thomas September 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love the sjow scandal and I hope it stays on air for many years to come.I work second shift and can’t be at home to watch because it comes on so late. I was able to watch it on netflix and became addicted to it.I watch the first season in two days.


antonette russell September 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

I think scandal is one of the most intelligent and fascinating show. It actually keeps my attention and makes for interesting discussions among my friends. ABC needs to advertise the show like they do revenge and some of the other show. If I wasnt such a fan and actually affirmatively went online to get info on the show I would not know when the show new season began. Apart from Kerry Washington they need to have some of the other stars of the show promote the show on the talk show. I have never in my 41 spend a dime on any series and I actually bought the complete 1st season on dvd because abc and comcast have not have much of the 1st season online or on demand. When i tell my friend tp watch the show they are not able to watch the show from the beginning. How is the show to draw new audience if they cant watch the previous season? That’s what got me hooked on true blood. It wll work with scandal. Awesome show.


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