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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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{ 226 comments… read them below or add one }

Gallacious January 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The acting is brilliant. I have never seen actors with the skills for making viewers ‘feel’ their love and angst to this degree. Tony Goldwyn is AWESOME. Together, KW/TG have the most intimate, believable chemistry seen, whether in movies or TV, in decades, if not ever.


Janet January 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I totally agree with all the comments already mentioned. I don’t I have much time ofnmy hand for televsion, but this is a show I make the time for. I’ve been telling friends and family about it. Great cast, great writing. It truly would be a great disappointment to television if this show were canceled. One of the few quality shows on regular TV.


Valerie January 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

I absolutely love scandal!!!!! It’s the best show on t.v. The writing is excellent!!!!!!


Terri January 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I love this show. Please keep it on. It is so addictive.


David January 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

This is a great show – and Kerry Washington is outstanding. It’s on a par with homeland but on network TV. It engages your mind – good stories, great acting, terrific promise. Please please please keep it on.


Steffie January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Another one that’s great! PERSON OF INTEREST. This is an original. Great job!


Ginger January 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Totally agree that Scandal and Person of Interest are great TV programs that our household NEVER misses! Keep them on please!


Steffie January 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I love Scandal. It’s different and Kerry Washington is awesome. What chemistry the cast have. They need to kill some of the other shows not this one. I am in love with Elementary as well. Two and a Half has lost something and I am so sick of Glee. It’s not the same.


Anonymous January 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

THE BEST SHOW EVER!!! Tell all your friends to WATCH!! It can not get cancelled.


ChloeMarie January 2, 2013 at 1:11 am

Love, love, love Scandal!!! Put off watching this show until Christmas break and am now chomping at the bitt for the next episode since catching up on Netflix and Hulu!! Don’t cancel this show!!!


Jake December 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I didn’t even HEAR about this show until recently. They NEED to keep this on! Sophisticated dramas like Scandal and Person of Interest reflect the finest of American television and we should be proud to release programs like this! Please keep this show! Tell me what I can do to help!


Bunny December 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

Scandal should not be canceled. I am a cable TV addict and I only watch TNT, USA, TBS, etc. Really do not like network TY, however all that changed when I watched my first episode of Scandal back in Season 1. I am addicted Scandal and have encourged several of my friends and co-workers to watch it. They have used netflix to catch up on it. If ABC cancels Scandal then it is back to cable for me on Thursday’s.


mark December 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Great show, shouldn’t be cancelled.


Avonia December 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I am beyond addicted!!! Please dont cancel!,,


Val December 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cancel Scandal


Allison Stewart December 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Please don’t cancel this show!! It is too good and definitely in the top ten if not the top five shows on tv right now. Way better than some reality bull that everyone is poisoning their brains with.


I LOVE SCANDAL December 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm



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