While ABC has yet to comment, Scandal will officially end after season 7, according to TVLine. Sources told the site that the network is expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday. Showrunner Shonda Rhimes reportedly made the call to end the hit show and fans CANNOT handle it!
One gladiator, as Scandal fans are called, tweeted, "Shonda is ending Scandal after 7 seasons, but she's carried Grey's 195 more seasons than it had to????? I need answers." We all do!!
Rhimes previously said that Scandal's narrative would be much shorter than the long-running Grey’s Anatomy. “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told,” Rhimes 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.” There are only three episodes left in season 6.
This season of Scandal has averaged 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, according to TVLine, which is down 20 and 30 percent from Season 4, and it hit a series lows as recently as April 6. But the cancellation isn't the network's decision. ABC president Channing Dungey said earlier this year that she would "happily keep the show on as long as [Rhimes] feels that she has creative runway to write the show.”
While many fans are crushed, a lot of people are taking this time to praise the show for paving the way for black actresses on TV. "If Scandal is ending after season 7," one fan tweeted, "we need take a sec to give Kerry Washington props for shattering a glass ceiling for black TV actresses."
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