We confirmed earlier today (Friday) that ABC has reduced the number of episodes ordered for Scandal from 22 to 18. ABC would not give a reason for the reduction, it is most likely connected to the series’ star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
ABC has been doing very well with Scandal, the show is still one of the network’s leading social-media topics, with a solid following on the Thursday night schedule. This news comes as the second season comes to a close, the fall finale will air on Thursday. After the season-finale the series will take a winter break, then it’s back on in January to finalize season 3.