is back -- with its highest ratings yet.
Maybe more important, the season premiere easily won its 10 p.m. time slot and was the second best-rated program of the night -- surpassed only by CBS' sitcom smash
That sure looks like a hit.
So how'd it happen? "Scandal" -- which got mixed reviews from critics -- saw its ratings swing up last season, as viewers discovered the same mix of real-world workplace settings and juicy soap-opera conventions that creator Shonda Rhimes exploited in
Also, it probably didn't hurt that
Whatever the explanation, ABC has a 10 p.m. hit on its hands.
And these days, just uttering the phrase "10 p.m. hit" is news for broadcasters.
What do you think of "Scandal"?