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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Sourabh
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Sourabh
December 9, 2012 1:37 pm

I just started watching three days ago and am already caught up with the second season. I was surprised at how good it was.

Jill
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December 9, 2012 1:06 pm

Please renew Scandal!! It’s a very exciting, intriguing and thrilling show with great acting!! My husband and I look forward to our Thursday TV Scandal night!!
So I’m asking for you to not cancel it! So many shows have been canceled for the ridiculous “reality” shows that don’ t have good actors & actresses. It’s not worth watching those as far as we are concerned!!!
Thank you!!!

Anita
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Anita
December 9, 2012 12:34 pm

Great show – should b renewed for third season

Felilbit
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Felilbit
December 9, 2012 8:09 am

I had been hearing so much about the this show and hadn’t watched it. This weekend I watched season 1 on netflix and all of the episodes that havve aired thus far of season 2, and I am hooked! This is a really good show and I hope that this shows continues for many more seasons.

Jean
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Jean
December 9, 2012 8:09 am

Great show. Please give us a 3rd seaaon. Show is as good as Homeland. Get Fitz better and back in the Whitehouse. Show could go on for a long time.

Peggie
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Peggie
December 8, 2012 9:00 pm

I have been hooked since its first airing, can’t wait for thursday nights. It is addicting I LOVE IT PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T CANCEL.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
December 8, 2012 5:22 pm

Love. Love. Love scandal!! Best show on tv. I recommend it to everyone.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
December 8, 2012 9:26 am

Love it!!! the love the president and Olivia have for each other is beautiful. Renew it.

AD
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AD
December 8, 2012 12:29 am

To quote one of my sisters, this show is the BOMB! I can’t wait for the next espisode each week. The writing is terrific and the actors pull it off well. This could go on for another 5/6 seasons easily.

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Anonymous
December 6, 2012 11:27 pm

I love it…keeps me coming back

Stephanie
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December 6, 2012 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 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

Stephanie
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December 6, 2012 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… Read more »
Cindydee
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Cindydee
December 5, 2012 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!

Elizabeth Hauser
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Elizabeth Hauser
December 4, 2012 1:37 pm

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

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