Posted by | Cyrena Rose

BET has inked a deal with ABC to televise episodes of the hit drama Scandal just eight days after they premiere on ABC!

BET will also present a marathon of Seasons 1 and 2 of Scandal before Season 3 starts in September.

Episodes of shows like Scandal typically do not start to be replayed on other channels for several years.  However, owners of shows are increasingly willing to experiment with new business models that greatly shorten that time lag: CBS, for instance, is letting Amazon rerun episodes of Under the Dome four days after their initial broadcast.

The planned marathon of episodes this summer is a one-time-only event this year, but BET will have broader rights to replay episodes more often beginning in fall 2014, according to a news release.

Scandal is a natural fit for BET, given that the channel seeks an African-American audience and the show ranks No. 1 among all broadcast series among African-Americans.  The show’s star, Kerry Washington, is the first African-American woman to lead an American network drama since the 1970s; Diahann Carroll made history in 1968 as the first black actress in television history to star in her own series. Julia, for NBC.

Scandalites, you now have another medium for your fave show!