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.

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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.

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228 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Rebecca says

    WE LOVE THE SHOW! It gets better all the time. And both male and female
    Viewers in our home like it. We love all the characters.
    It just keeps getting better every week! Please don’t

  2. says

    About the dialogue, smart people talk fast to other smart people when under pressure to get their important jobs done. Scandal is an accurate portrayal of that scenario. The rhythm of this show, however, would be a more accurate portrayal of real life if the pressure would subside, from time to time, and smart people talking to other smart people would reveal the nuances of their characters in relaxed conversation. Everything does not have to be rapid-fire to be interesting, to smart people. That may be the fatal flaw of this program, that it is so very smart, like a quirky Indie movie that smart people rave about but that doesn’t challenge the dumbed-down box office blockbuster. That being said, I love this program for its complex plots, characters and dialogue. So smart. I hope that it (all the principals) can pull off a near-miracle and keep it smart but gently transmute it into a more accessible tale.

    • Elle says

      This isn’t a “smart” comment. I know quite a few unintelligent people who love this show. And the reason behind it is something foolish. The show is way overrated. People have nothing to compare it to. It’s winning by default.

  3. Belove says

    I was an early fan- great plot, good acting made me like the show very much. . . at first. Now I find that that the speed talking and inflection has become monotonous, making the omission of normal words in our speech pattern (small words like “and,” “the,” “uhmmm,” “it’s, “so”) a quick-paced bore. The actors work is complex, the talk is important, but what is the point of making every sentence from every unique character sound so much the same? The way the shows are written makes the pace of the dialogue so similar to Grey’s Anatomy, that it’s ONE NOTE-ish and annoying. A split second of silence and a breath between thoughts, can have profound impact. I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice anymore for precisely that reason, the repetition in the pattern and pacing of the dialogue. I like Shonda Rhimes and think she’s immensely talented, but there’s a repetitive pattern, like a run on sentence that lasts forever in getting to know and learn from her characters that are all threaded through too much of the speech. It’s begun to get on my nerves. Too bad, these are all good shows that need better dialogue coaching or script editing or something so that the patterns aren’t so identical, and annoying to watch.

  4. Nancy says

    I watched this show for the first (and last!) time last night.
    What’s wrong? Too many commercials. I started timing the intervals of show versus commercials and it was ridiculous: 7 or less minutes of the show and the 2-3 minutes of conmercials. That is untenable and not worth it.
    I am accustomed to all the good cable dramas and rarely watch network so had no idea this interruption rate was now the norm on network. This and lousy programming explains the failure of Oprah’s network as well.
    I also found the rapid fire dialogue difficult to follow. It was a pure copy of the style of the old West Wing and Newsroom. I don’t like it there as well. Heard all those writers were fired for the next season if Newsroom probably for that reason.

  5. Kayla says

    It could be good to move Scandal to Sunday. Revenge and Scandal come on the same day it could potential be very good for ABC.

  6. Kayla says

    It could be good to move Scandal to Sunday. Revenge and Scandal come on the same day it could potential be very good for ABC.

  7. Kayla says

    Scandal needs to be promoted better. Not just on ABC but on cable as well. ABC promoted all of its other shows on cable but Not Scandal. There are people out there that do not know this show exist. I have told people about this show and they never knew it existed. Promote Scandal Better. Promote it on cable. Promote it everywhere.

  8. says

    I watch a lot of HGTV and MSNBC/Fox news, History Channel or I’ll channel surf watching what ever seems interesting at that moment. I also am on my computer or Netflixs. I seldom seek out any program on any one night and focus on watching it. what changed my habits of watching TV was first “Revenge” (although I lost interest, with all the pre-empting), and “Scandal” (my favorite show on television). A good drama (esp. for network TV, with it’s limits), is hard to find, you have a quality show, so advertize it!

  9. Kayla says

    For the people who call this show a Soap. It is far from a Soap. I watched soaps in the past . This show is nothing like that. Every show is going to have romance on them but that does not mean it is a Soap. It is a drama.

  10. Kayla says

    The fast talking is what happens in that type of fast pace job. In Law Firms people talk fast like that. I mean it is not a reason not watch the show. The dialogue is fine to me. For the people who have problem with the fast talking. Let Shonda Rhimes know on twitter. I don’t want the show to get cancelled. It is good and needs better promotion.

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