ABC has cut back on its order for a drama series. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the broadcast network is trimming the number of episodes of the political drama “Scandal” to 18, down from 22.
“The news is somewhat surprising, given the show’s Nielsen’s performance (12 million viewers a week) and dominance each Thursday night on social media (or at least on the nights when it isn’t competing with ‘The Sound of Music Live!’),” the story notes.
ABC declined to discuss its reasoning, but the report notes that it’s possible the network trimmed the order to accommodate Kerry Washington, its star. She’s pregnant with her first child, while her character, Olivia Pope, is already wearing a number of “roomy overcoats and bulky sweaters this season. Perhaps executives at ABC thought viewers would balk at the image of their heroine sporting third-trimester muumuus,” the piece reports.