Things just keep getting sweeter for “Scandal,” the rare breakout hit on a broadcast network — the ABC drama has already landed a syndication deal.
Starting this summer, BET will begin airing the first two seasons (the first of which was only seven episodes) leading into the third season premiere in the fall. The cable network will then re-air each new episode eight days after each ABC broadcast.
“’Scandal’ is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of its continued journey,” said BET chairman Debra Lee in Monday’s announcement.
“Scandal,” a fictitious take on the life of D.C. fixer Judy Smith, stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, who can apparently solve any problem in Washington while also carrying on an affair with the president. The show’s increasingly out-of-control storylines led to a huge amount of buzz for the series, which wrapped up with 9.1 million viewers in the Season 2 finale, its most-watched telecast ever.
The show is the No. 1 broadcast show among African Americans, BET noted, attracting about 2.8 million African American viewers per week.