BET to Debut 'Scandal' Seasons One and Two and Will Air Season Three Episodes Eight Days After ABC Premiere

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July 15th, 2013

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NEW YORK – July 15, 2013 – BET Networks announced today that it has licensed the rights to air current season episodes of the hit series “Scandal.” Each episode will air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC, exclusively starting in Fall 2013.  In addition, BET will debut the first two seasons of the series this Summer on its network, leading into the third season premiere on ABC, and is also licensing the exclusive off-network cable rights to the series starting in Fall 2014.


“Scandal,” which is heading into its third season on ABC, 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 P.M. 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.


"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” stars Kerry Washington (Django Unchained, Ray) as Olivia Pope, a former communications director to the President of the United States, and owner of a prominent crisis management firm.  While she and her staff specialize in fixing the lives of the high-powered political set, they struggle to keep their own lives - and secrets - in check.  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 P.M. (ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.


Deal was negotiated for BET Networks by Barbara Zaneri, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


About Disney/ABC Television Group

The Disney/ABC Television Group is composed of The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations, as well as radio and publishing businesses. This includes ABC Entertainment Group, ABC News, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family and SOAPnet, as well as Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Disney Media Distribution. The Company’s equity interest in A+E Networks round out the Group’s portfolio of media businesses.


  • Nathan

    I freakin’ love this show.

  • Cody

    Nice to see BET starting to create a more structured primetime schedule, not just movies and reruns of The Game.

  • Meanie

    BET is putting in work trying to remove their old image and make a name for themself. With The Game, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Being Mary Jane, Now Scandal reruns. I love Scandal, I will definiy be watching BET now.

    Side note I wish BET would rerun The Wire. I love that show.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    If Scandal stay must watch live, then this shouldn’t effect it. But if ppl want to watch both Parenthood & Scandal but they don’t have a dvr, the ratings for Scandal will go down by that amount on days they compete.

  • Jenny

    This could help Scandal grow it’s audience even more.

  • Dan

    Not surprising, the show looks like it will be on for many years and the extra exposure of the series previous 2 seasons could help the audience this fall.

  • Kaylie

    BET has definetly become more clever with their programming. They do really well in ratings. If they schedule their timing out a little better, they could dominate every night.

  • Melanie P.

    This is great news. I will definetly be watching! Glad BET will be adding this to the lineup.

  • Tony JJ

    This is a surprising move, but a great one by BET as Scandal is TV’s #1 show in African American demographic and this could help the show grow even more in its third season. It’ll be interesting to watch to see if Scandal’s ratings surge continues in its third season. Because I think it’s TV’s best drama right now.

    Surprised at the current season episode repeats on BET though, although that could be great news and could help Scandal grow!

  • ZmaX

    very surprising but great news! I wasn’t expecting syndication after only 2 seasons (29 episodes total)but it will definitely give the show more exposure. It’s been great seeing the ratings grow so much over this past season and expect even better for season 3.

    However, I’m not exactly sure airing new episodes 8 days later on another network will be a great idea.

    The great thing about syndication during a show’s run of new episodes is exposure, it’s a way to draw more viewers to the New episodes. But new Scandal viewers on BET could just watch the show on BET, and viewers with scheduling conflicts who don’t DVR or Watch Online could just watch on BET instead, taking away potential viewers from ABC…

    This is great for BET, but doesn’t seem like the best idea for ABC. However, maybe 8 days is too long of a wait for viewers and they’ll decide to watch new episodes on ABC.

    either way, best of luck to Scandal :)

  • Tony JJ


    I agree with why you said. It could take away viewers from ABC’s telecast but like you said an 8 day delay is quite long especially for an addictive water cooler show where most people want to avoid spoilers. Plus almost every show is available online the day after it airs and that hasn’t affected Scandal’s ratings increase so I’m not worried about this hurting scandal’s ratings it should help.

  • Derrick

    although i think this is a good move for them, BET needs to get truly original programming.

    other cable networks have full weekday line ups,BET needs the same.

  • cas

    Great now I have to watch the BET channel if I want to watch season 2 of Scandal this summer before season 3 starts….

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