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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 7.48 million total viewers.

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 5.56 million (-18% 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?

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Urbanexual April 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

If CBS cancels Scandal they’re crazy. Everyone is talking about this show. It’s amazing and ratings gold.

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Anonymous April 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Love it, love it , love it….great show DO NOT CANCEL . How about getting rid of some of those ridiculous reality shows instead,

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Thomas Hart April 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

One of the worst shows on television. The frenetic camera work, and the monotonous, clipped way that everyone has of speaking is irritating. It’s unbelievable that a person survives a rifle shot to the head and is unimpaired. It denigrates Republicans and conservatives. It’s morally repugnant that a president commits murder, confesses to it, and is told he needs love to.

Cancel it and flush it down the sewer where it belongs.

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Thomas Hart April 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Correctionon: needs love too.

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Sierra May 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Republicans denigrate themselves.

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Wren Jaccbs April 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

HOOKED!!!!!!! On SCANDAL! Don’t Cancel It! Show more regular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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shelleyw April 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

This is a great show
Great writing
This show should not be cancelled
maybe the rating are affected by the fact
that they take these three week breaks and show
older episodes
This is a show that requires you to put your seatbelt on
and typically you must rewatch the episode to catch
everything
I highly recommend the show to anyone and watch the back
episodes and then tune in on Thursday – you will not be disappointed

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Barbara April 5, 2013 at 1:08 am

Im officially hooked on SCANDAL. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL … and I thought 24 had twists , turns. Often watch again ON DEMAND. Im trying to find out when the season finale is to PREPARE myself ….LOL .

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shelleyw April 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

May 16th

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Teresa April 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I have to watch past episodes on demand to satisfy my jones between episodes. KEEP THEM COMING! Just purchased season one to satisfy me over the summer. HURRY UP THIS WAY AGAIN.

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Tam April 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

LOVE IT and LEAVE IT!

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Anonymous March 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Love the show best on tv

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MeMe March 26, 2013 at 5:32 am

Please do not cancel Scandal. The show is so good. Please do not cancel Scandal.

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Laura March 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Love it!!!! DO NOT Cancel. Had enough of all these so-called (staged) reality shows. Find them degrading.

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judy smith March 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I LOVE SCANDAL DO NOT CANCEL

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Anonymous March 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

Awesome!!! Do Not Cancel!!!!

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Nia Pearson March 15, 2013 at 2:27 am

I probably watch three to four hours of television each week and Scandal is included in that DVR recording.
Great writing and phenomenal writing.

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Len March 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Fabulous show!!!! Do NOT cancel!!!!!!!!!!

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