Sorry, Gladiators! ABC has announced that it will air four fewer episodes of its hit political drama Scandal this season, dropping from 22 to 18.
A reason for the decision was not given but the shortened schedule may be due to the show’s star Kerry Washington , who is expecting a baby with her husband — football player Nnamdi Asomugha .
The news dashes fan speculation that a pregnant Olivia Pope would be revealed.
After this Thursday’s episode, the show will go on hiatus and then return in late February with the final episodes of season three.
Last week’s episode, titled “YOLO” reached a six-week high for the series with 8.27 million viewers and a 3.0 rating for Adults 18-49. It also finished at #2 behind Big Bang Theory for its fourth straight telecast.