Season 3 of Scandal Gets Baby Bumped Down to 18 Episodes

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Her name is Kerry and she's so very — pregnant! Could this be the reason ABC has decided to shorten Scandal's Season 3 episode order?

While ABC didn't comment on why they made the order reduction, speculation is Kerry Washington's real-life pregnancy played a factor in The Mouse House's decision to cut Season 3 of the soap down from 22 episodes to 18. Considering Scandal hit a six-week high in the Nielsens this week—improving on big sister Grey's Anatomy's numbers—we're sure ABC is very pleased with Olivia Pope and all of her associates!

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