BET has acquired off-network rights to the hit ABC drama, a deal first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Viewers will get a marathon of the show starting in August, and the Kerry Washington-fronted political drama will air until the third season of “Scandal” returns to ABC this fall. The show will also be available on Netflix.
The BET deal means the network will also get land repeats of additional seasons of “Scandal” to air during the off-season as well.
“Scandal” off-network deal is an early one. Most shows don’t go into syndication until after the 100-episode mark—”Scandal” has only aired 29 episodes thus far.
BET’s airing of “Scandal” will help the ABC drama broaden its audience among its core demographic, though creator Shonda Rhimes has been vocal about the series not specifically being a show catering to African-Americans. Currently, “Scandal” ranks as the No. 1 broadcast series among African-Americans, averaging 2.8 million viewers a week.
“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee said. “‘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.”