Scandal’s Season 3 Return Draws 9.3 Million Viewers
An estimated 9.3 million gladiators tuned into Scandal‘s return from winter hiatus on Thursday, February 27th.
The ABC hit political drama earned a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, up from the 3.2 rating in December, and beating out CBS’ Elementary (1.6 rating/8.53 million viewers) and NBC’s Parenthood (1.1 rating/3.55 million viewers) for the 10:00 pm hour by 22%.
Scandal finished as the #2 tv show of the night, behind only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and pacing well ahead of Fox’s American Idol, which dropped to a new series low for the second week in a row (2.3).
Season 3’s 11th episode, titled “Ride, Sally, Ride,” picked up after Vice President Sally Langston (Kate Burton) killed her husband after he told her he’s leaving to live as an openly gay man, and Olivia Pope’s terrifying father Rowan Pope (Joe Morton) was ousted as the head of the secret U.S. spy agency, B613 and replaced by Jake Ballard (Scott Foley).
The cast has been pretty tight lipped about what’s coming next for season 3, including Bellamy Young, who plays first lady Mellie Grant, and has only said that she is surprised by where creator Shonda Rhimes and the writers are taking the show.
“Every single table read has been absolutely jaw-dropping,” Young said. “I mean, we’ve had to just sort of like sit still and hold our heads in our hands and like collect ourselves. I can’t even leave the table after the table reads. These back nine are insane!”
Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, and Joshua Malina.