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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?

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Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This show is the best show on right now. The plots are crazy!!! I really believe every single one of those stories have probably happened in real life. Have to agree with the time the show airs. This show should be airing at prime time. I guarantee the ratings would be even higher. If you’re looking for a captivating show, tune in and tell your friends!!!

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Anonymous December 8, 2012 at 12:37 am

This is the best fta ever and the 13/7 showing was the best please don’t cancel it we need good tv drama and scandal gives you that

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Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I was sitting home doing nothing and decided to pull up a show on demand that I hadn’t seen before. Here goes Scandal. After pulling up every episode of season 2, I went back and down loaded season 1. I was so hooked I couldn’t believe it. The love affair of Fritz and Liv is sooo hott!!! A stroke of genius! The fact that the President’s wife is fully aware , but is more concerned about her own agenda is another stroke of genius!!! The character Huck is freakin fabulous! Any one can see this man is a genius and crazy! This show needs to be prime time. I’m not kidding. I have actually called my sister and other family members to see if they are aware of this show. Now that I’m possessed. I can not wait to see who does what on the next show. This kind of drama has been needed for a long time. I was so over the reality shows , now I have something to look forward to. Thanks!!!

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Cindydee December 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I am completely hooked on this series. This show contains some of he best writing I’ve seen in TV. Acting is also quite good. Could get more viewers with earlier air time. Please give us another Season or 6!

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Elizabeth Hauser December 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Best ever!!! Fast-full of great characters!!! Kerry Washington and cast are awesome!!!

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Elizabeth Hauser December 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!! Please do not cancel!!!

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Cherise December 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Scandal is a brilliant drama. The acting, writing, and directing are superior to most television shows that are currently scheduled. Far superior. We hope ABC continues to provide series like Scandal (and keep it going) as in so doing they are “raising the bar” for all of television.
Thanks! Love it!!

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ar December 2, 2012 at 12:57 am

Never miss this show !!
I have my husband watching it and we record it if we are gone.

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Elbie November 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Great show. Great storyline. Keep it goiing

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Jasmine November 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

loveeeeeee it. all the characters are amazingggggg

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rachel morado November 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I love this show, don’t cancel this one.

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Can't understand November 30, 2012 at 5:29 am

Love the show, BUT They talk too fast

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Renee November 28, 2012 at 4:07 am

I love this show. The stories always keep you guessing as to what Olivia
will think up next. I really hope it gets a S3.

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viv November 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Love it. I can’t guess most times and I am a movie fanatic. Don’t remember what I use to watch on Thursday’s at 10p but that ends now. Bring on season 3

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Sonia November 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

OMG the actors speak a thousand miles per hour and I can’t make out a word of what’s going on. I try to read the close caption but it disappears too fast so I’m totally lost in the plot. By the time it’s over I’m exhausted and digusted wondering if I’m stupid or if other viewers see it the way I do. I can’t watch the program unless they all slow down.

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sheryl December 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I love this show. I find myself looking for spoilers so I can know what’s happening
I hope they bring the president back. I will miss the steamy, lovefelt scenes between liv and the president. I never want this show to end.

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cyndi November 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Love the show. Smart, fast paced and entertaining. Please keep it going!

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