SCANDAL by the Numbers

Numbers matter. For your credit report. For your tax return. For your blood pressure. For your favorite TV show--SCANDAL.

In the television universe, networks care most about how their shows perform among viewers aged 18-49. Why? That's who compels advertisers to write the big checks. The rating measures the percentage of people in this age group who tuned into the original broadcast. For instance, SCANDAL premiered to a 2.0 rating, meaning two percent of 18-49-year-olds watched it live. These numbers are estimated based on 25,000 viewers who have Nielsen boxes in their homes.

The chart below includes the 18-49 ratings for SCANDAL since its first episode (#101). Its ratings have grown steadily since the #WhoShotFitz story arc began on December 6, 2012 (#208). It hit a series high of 2.8 on January 10, 2013 (#210).

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. I have been checking the numbers like people check to see if their lottery ticket won! I want this show to succeed because it is so ground breaking and, well, just excellent television. I haven't been this excited about a show since Alias!

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    1. I haven't been this excited about anything since Kris Kross! I check the numbers faithfully, too. Before Scandal, I cared nothing about TV ratings.

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  3. Shondra is also the writer of Grey's which is still a ratings juggernot. I think the sucess of Grey's buys Scandal some leyway. I wouldn't expect it to go longer than 3-4 seasons though. I mean, this intensity can't last forever.

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    1. Thanks for your comment!

      I don't know if Grey's can still be considered a ratings juggernaut. It has dropped quite a bit this season, while Scandal has continued to rise. I'd be satisfied with four seasons of Scandal. That would be three more than many people expected.

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  4. I AM TELLING YOU THAT I AM A SCANDAL FAN. I LOVE FITZ AND OLIVIA AND I WANT THEM BACK TOGATHER SO BADLY. I WATCH FOR THE SHOW EVERY THURSDAY. I HAVE TO PREPARE MYSELF 2 HOURS BEFORE THE SHOW COMES ON. I WAIT FOR IT I WATCH FOR IT MY WHOLE LIFE IS IT. THERES NO ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE HERE. WE ARE IN THIS TOGATHER. LOL. I AM HOOKED REAL BAD. MY NAME IS LINDA MCCOOL FROM CHICAGO ILLINOIS.

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