The ratings saw a significant drop last season but the Scandal TV show remained one of ABC’s top-rated shows. How will it perform this time around? Will starting mid-season help or hurt the ratings? Will Scandal be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.
Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Upon exiting her job at the White House, Olivia opened a premier crisis management firm. Now, Olivia Pope & Associates, White House staff members, and other politicos work to handle erupting political scandals. While adept at managing the crises of others, they struggle to contain those problems of their own making. The Scandal cast on ABC also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Last year comparison: The fifth season of Scandal on ABC averaged a 2.05 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.18 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the Scandal TV series on ABC? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season?