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New series highs? It's handled. 

Season 3 of Scandal bowed to 10.5 million viewers and a 3.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Thursday, hitting all-time highs in both measures. The drama's previous benchmarks were 9.1 million and a 3.2 for its Season 2 finale in May, and it's up 71 percent over its Season 2 premiere. How hot is the show? ABC's recap show Scandal: The Secret Is Out (5.7 million, 1.6) finished third in the 8 o'clock hour. Scandal also built on lead-in Grey's Anatomy (9.4 million, 3.4), which fell 10 percent.

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