Walt Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, says the ABC television network needs more "Scandal."
The TV show, that is.
According to Variety, Iger said on an earnings call today, May 7, 2013, that "ABC’s success will depend on having a team in place that ‘comes up with the kinds of shows that drive higher ratings and advertising revenue’…Iger cited Shonda Rhimes’ ABC Studios-produced sudser ‘Scandal,’ which has blossomed in its second season, as the kind of ‘program that we own that has great potential in delivering on our investment. But we want more of them.’ "
According to the story, Iger also said, "I’ve seen the pilots and I’m more than reasonably encouraged in what I’ve seen.”
The article notes, "Among the Alphabet’s hot prospects are Joss Whedon’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ based on the comicbook company’s spy characters, some of which were seen in ‘The Avengers,’ the ‘Iron Man’ franchise, ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’…Another drama in consideration is an oater inspired by the Disneyland roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad."
As for earnings, the article says, "During the most recent second quarter, which wrapped March 30, 2013, Disney’s broadcast division, led by ABC, saw revenue decline 2% to $1.5 billion on lower ratings, although profits rose 40% to $138 million."