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

by | May 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM |

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.

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”:

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.