Last Week’s ‘Scandal’ Episode Had Record Audience: Watch

Kerry Washington in the season finale of "Scandal" airing next Thursday (May 16). (Photo: ABC)

Hot off the highest-rated episode of “Scandal” in the show’s history, producer/creator Shonda Rhimes is being profiled in the Sunday New York Times magazine (May 12).

The profile — here — is shrewdly timed: The second-season finale of “Scandal” airs this Thursday (May 16) at 10/9c on ABC, following a penultimate episode this past Thursday that drew 8.87 million viewers, a series high. In case you missed it, you can watch it right here, below.

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Rhimes is the TV titan behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” who has owned two hours of prime-time real estate Thursday nights on ABC at least since 2009.

These days, she’s responsible for “Grey’s” at 9/8c and, at 10/9c, “Scandal,” the over-the-top serialized drama about a crisis-management expert (played by Kerry Washington) working in the high stakes world of Washington politics who happens to be at the center of the biggest scandal in the city: She’s sleeping with the President, who happens to be married.

Watch last week’s episode of ABC’s “Scandal”:
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For Rhimes, the show represents a hard-earned freedom to shape “Scandal” into anything she wants it to be. She told The Times: “What was great for me about ‘Scandal’ was I had earned a lot of political capital with the network. I had done ‘Grey’s,’ I had done ‘Private Practice.’ What were they going to do, fire me? I wasn’t worried about what anybody else thought. This one was for me.”

“Scandal” airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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