Sorry, gladiators: ABC reduces 'Scandal' season order to 18 episodes

December 6, 2013 11:24 PM

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Sorry, gladiators: ABC reduces 'Scandal' season order to 18 episodes

The network has reduced its order for the Kerry Washington political soap "Scandal" from 22 episodes to 18. The news is somewhat surprising, given the show's Nielsen's performance (12 million viewers a week) and dominance each Thursday night on social media (or at least on the nights when it isn't competing with "The Sound of Music Live!")

Though an ABC spokesperson declined to elaborate about the network's reasoning, most likely the order was reduced to accommodate series star Washington, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child. As regular viewers of "Scandal" will note, Washington's character, Olivia Pope, known for her slee...

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