The release date for Scandal Season 6 — January 19, 2017
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Scandal Season 6 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. ABC has scheduled the premiere date for a new season for January 19, 2017.
Basic info and storyline
Scandal is an American political thriller television series based on the real-life presidential PR expert Judy Smith. Starring Kerry Washington and created by Shonda Rhimes, the series debuted in April of 2012 on ABC and has had a well-received five-season run. Season 5 of the series premiered on ABC on September 24, 2015.
Olivia Pope (Washington) runs her own crisis management firm staffed with a group of quite dysfunctional people. On a daily basis, Olivia and her employees deal with protecting the public images of the nation’s elite and trying to avoid political scandals related to those who run the US government. The firm’s top employees are a litigator, an investigator, a computer hacker and a lawyer, amongst others. On a daily basis they work with the staff of the White House and try to not let their personal lives be affected by the dirt that can come up when dealing with politics.
Between the time the show first premiered in 2012 and the last episode of season 5, the audience count went from 7.3 to 10.5 million, which is the best testament to the show’s success. Although there has not been any official news from the producers on the fate of the series, if the drama continues to be as gripping as it has been so far, we are sure to see Scandal Season 6 next year.
Season 5 recap
A 21-part fifth installment of the ABC network’s drama television show Scandal concluded in the US on May 12, 2016. The most recent season opened to more than 10 million viewers back in September of 2015, but the ratings slowly declined as the series progressed and by the finale the show averaged 7.2 million viewers, which hasn’t stopped the ABC executives from renewing the drama for another round. However, since the lead actress Kerry Washington is pregnant with her second baby, the creative team was forced to cut the episode count to 16 in an attempt to significantly reduce her screen time. It is always being rumored that the premiere of season 6 might be delayed, so stay tuned for the latest developments.
UPDATED August 31, 2016: Fans have been waiting patiently for the next season of ABC`s hit political thriller Scandal, which has been delayed due to Kerry Washington`s pregnancy, and it is inching closer. A recent announcement revealed that the show`s sixth season, which has received a shorter episode order, 16 versus the usual 22, will air some time in January 2017, and taking its regular time slot on Thursdays at 9pm. Stay tuned, and we`ll be sure to bring you the release date info as soon as it is announced by the network.
UPDATED November 4, 2016: The highly anticipated sixth season of ABC`s political drama Scandal has finally had its release date confirmed. Fans will have to wait until midseason, since the season 6 premiere will only kick off on January 19, 2016 at 9/8c. The push to midseason was excruciating for the fans, but necessary due to Washington`s pregnancy. Sandwiched between the back part premieres of Grey`s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, the season premiere is in good company. Sign up for our automatic updates and we`ll e-mail you a reminder of Scandal season six debut one day in advance.
Scandal Season 6 Trailer