“Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes always said she knew how and when the show would end, and now it looks like the whole world knows thanks to recent developments. With just three episodes left in the current sixth season, TVLine reports that “Scandal” will bid its final farewell after the upcoming seventh season.
The network is expected to make a formal announcement at its upfront presentation, with Rhimes making the call to end it and ABC accepting her decision.
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The story according to TVLine:
Rhimes has previously said that, unlike the long-running “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal‘s” heavily serialized, high-stakes narrative necessitates a short-ish shelf life. And it seems she’ll get no argument from viewers. In a recent poll, fans overwhelmingly agreed with TVLine Senior Editor Andy Swift’s editorial that Scandal‘s end needs to be nigh.
“I feel like there is a finite amount of ‘Scandal’ to be told,” Rhimes previously told NPR. “So I know what the end of ‘Scandal’ will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”
“Scandal” this season has been averaging 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, down 20 and 30 percent from Season 4 and hitting series lows (5.1 mil/1.2) as recently as April 6. At its zenith (with the Season 4 premiere), the D.C. drama pulled 12 million viewers with a 3.8 demo rating.
Earlier this year, ABC president Channing Dungey was asked about “Scandal”‘s future beyond Season 7. “We have not really talked about what happens after that,” she told our sister outlet Variety. “But I love the show, and I would happily keep the show on as long as she feels that she has creative runway to write the show.”