BET Picks Up ‘Scandal’ Season One and Two Airing Rights; Network Will Air New Episodes Eight Days After ABC Broadcast

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BET announced earlier this week that it has signed a deal with ABC Studios which enables the cable network to begin airing seasons one and two of ABC’s primetime drama series, “Scandal.” The network is expected to begin airing said episodes sometime in the summer. Additionally, BET has also licensed the rights to air current season episodes beginning with season three. Each episode will air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” said Debra Lee, Chairman, BET Networks. “‘Scandal’ is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of its continued journey.”

“Scandal” follows the world of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and associates as they work together as fixers of the political elite. Heading into its third season on ABC, the series has proved a ratings success, ascending to a series high in its season two finale, drawing 9.1 million viewers. The series consistently dominated in its 10:00 PM time period with key female demos and frequently won with adults 18-49. Attracting an average of 2.8 million African American viewers each week. “Scandal” is the #1 broadcast series among African Americans.

The series also stars Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”), Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost,” “The Last Samurai”), Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”), Darby Stanchfield (“NCIS”), Katie Lowes (“Super 8”), and Bellamy Young (“Criminal Minds”).

“Scandal” was created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes also serves as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and Mark Wilding (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios and airs Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.