Political Thriller Scandal Premieres at Prime-Time

by Jackie Thompson

The American political thriller, Scandal, premiered at prime time on September 25 and racked up an all-time high of 12.16 million views.  Scandal, its lead-in program, Grey’s Anatomy, and its lead-out program, How to Get Away with Murder, gave ABC its best Thursday night in five years despite competition from CBS’s Thursday Night Football.

Scandal follows Olivia Pope, played by actress Kerry Washington, and her Washington D.C. crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. Pope is a former White House Communications Director for the President. She and her associates devote their lives to protecting the public personas of the nation’s rich and powerful.

The first of four seasons premiered on April 5, 2012 and was met with favorable reviews and 7.33 million viewers. As the show continued into its subsequent seasons, both viewership and ratings skyrocketed. Now, Scandal ranks as one of the highest-rated dramas on television. Season 3 earned an overall ranking of 16th and a total viewership of 9.11 million people.

Rachel Stewart, junior, is an avid fan of Scandal and praises its hairpin plot twists and real-life political allusions. “I love how they talk about issues that are relevant to our day and age. For example, they just talked about the Equal Pay Act. Not to mention the fact that nothing is ever as it seems and you’re always on edge. I also just love the actresses and actors in general.”

Kerry Washington has been nominated for the prime-time Emmy as an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice, but has yet to win the title. However, she is the two-time winner of the NAACP’s Outstanding Actress Image Award.

Scandal will continue to be aired at its new 9:00 p.m. time slot on Thursdays, on ABC. Check your local listings.

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