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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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Hollie January 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

FAVORITE SHOW ON TV!!! I love Kerry Washington! Don’t cancel!!!

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Marina January 21, 2013 at 4:20 am

Love the show!!!! One of the best ever! Tony Goldwyn superb…great script and wonderful acting …Kerry Washington bravo…chemistry between Washington and Goldwyn one of the best ever on TV and as a racially mixed duo a great advancement for all…

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Sarah Peterson January 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Love the show….great writing, keeps me on the edge of my seat!

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Dawn Gerardo January 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I hope they don’t cancel the show, it’s a great show. I love the show Kerry Washington and the cast are fabulous!! The storyline is riveting and I can’t get enough of the show!! Please don’t cancel the show!!!

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jan January 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

love this show one of the best I have seen in year.

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Angela January 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Please do not cancel this show. It is one of the best shows on TV. It gets better and better each week.

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AD January 19, 2013 at 6:16 am

This show? I used to call my sister once a month; now we talk twice a week over this show. I have a hard time waiting till the next week’s episode. Have even got half a dozen friends turned in now; it’s a Scandal if we get any work done Friday. Love this show!!

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Donna Hughes January 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I am a Senior Citizen and I LOVE THIS SHOW! Cannot wait each week….the acting is positively second to none! The entire cast is totally mesmerizing. Thrilled that it has been renewed and can’t imagine how the %ages have dropped! Perhaps the plot and spy layers are too complicated for some…….whatever! We all love it in our family and wish more awards would go to this show!

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teddy January 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

This show has the best ensemble on television, the writing is OFF the hook. Shonda is the best visionary in television, why? because EVERYONE IS REPRESENTED (GAY, BLACK, ASIAN, LATINO,OLD, YOUNG, )

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Kelly January 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

This show is second to none.. Big mistake to take this show off the air!

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dEE SMITH January 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

IT’S THE BEST SHOW ON TV RIGHT NOW

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Sandy January 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

Please don’t cancel!!!! It’s the best show on television!

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Elecia Dexter January 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

Love it! I and my friends are so addicted to this show, please don’t ever cancel!

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DEE January 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE…..KEEP THE SCANDALS EPISODES COMING!!

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Jana Burke January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Love the writing, the character and the cast! Please do not allow this show to be cancelled!

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