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.

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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Steffie
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Steffie
January 7, 2013 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
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Anonymous
January 3, 2013 8:14 am

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

ChloeMarie
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January 2, 2013 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
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Jake
December 28, 2012 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
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Bunny
December 20, 2012 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
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mark
December 19, 2012 8:53 pm

Great show, shouldn’t be cancelled.

Avonia
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Avonia
December 17, 2012 10:06 pm

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

Val
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Val
December 14, 2012 3:05 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cancel Scandal

Allison Stewart
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Allison Stewart
December 13, 2012 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
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I LOVE SCANDAL
December 12, 2012 6:46 pm

PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW! IT IS THE ONLY SHOW I MUST SEE!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
December 12, 2012 10:49 am

I am so impressed with Kerry Washington. She truly carries the show in a poised and brilliant way. She is highly intelligent and it comes through in her role. I love Scandal, its cast and writing. I hope that it stay on the air for a very long time.

Renee
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Renee
December 11, 2012 1:14 am

It would be a horrible loss should the network decide to cancel this series. The drama is awesome and is unlike any other show on TV. There are medical shows, lawyer shows and reality shows; but this show combines drama, law and “fixer” roles in one show. Please do not cancel it!!!!!

Sue
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Sue
December 11, 2012 12:56 am

AWESOME series. Please bring it back for a third, fourth, fifth and more seasons. The chemistry between Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn is absolutely the best, most hottest and I love it. I’ve gotten other’s interested as well and they are loving it, too.

elaine55
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December 10, 2012 11:02 am

PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL SCANDAL. IT IS ONE OF THE BETTER SHOW ON TV. I AM SO SICK OF ALL OF THESE REALITY SHOWS. BLAH!!!

gigi
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gigi
December 9, 2012 4:19 pm

Best drama on TV. I love this show. I haven’t been hooked on a series in years. My daughter attended a Scandal viewing party last week. Yes, we need a season 3, 4, and more. I went to a Christmas party, and most of the ladies at my table had not heard of the show. Come on ABC, advertise the show!

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