Shondaland’s success continues. Although it’s not yet up on the press site, ABC has renewed its Scandal TV show for a seventh season.
A long-running Shonda Rhimes political drama, Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Portia de Rossi, and Cornelius Smith, Jr.
Scandal Renewed For Season Seven on ABC
“Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more, said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them.”
Since the block’s January return in its full lineup after Scandal had to sit out the fall because of Washington’s pregnancy, ABC has won every Thursday among Adults 18-49. All three dramas hail from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal were created by Rhimes who oversees both series; HTGAWM was created and is run by Pete Nowalk.
In its 13th season, Grey’s Anatomy continues to defy its age, ranking as ABC’s No. 1 show among Adults 18-49 and the No. 3 broadcast drama overall. Its midseason return on Jan. 26 was the show’s most watched telecast in two and a half years and highest rated in 18-49 in year and a half. Scandal opened its sixth season with its biggest audience and best 18-49 rating in a year. Like Grey’s, Murder, which had been hit by the weak lead-in from Notorious in the fall, also came back to its midseason return with new season highs. The drama is among the biggest gainers on TV this season in the Live + 7 Day ratings, more than doubling (+117%) its Live + Same Day Adult 18-49 number.
What do you think? Have you been watching season six of the Scandal TV show? How would you have felt if ABC cancelled this drama series instead of renewing it for season seven?