Bad news "Scandal" gladiators.
The third season of the hit political drama will only have 18 episodes, a spokesperson for ABC confirmed to OTRC.com on Friday, Dec. 6. No further details were announced.
Last season, the show had 22 episodes. Most U.S. television series have a season that consists of 22 to 24 episodes, although many cable series run six to 13 episodes a season.
The show will be airing this season's 10th episode, a mid-season finale, next week on Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. ET. It will return for its spring premiere on Feb. 27.
Several outlets reported back in October that series star Kerry Washington is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, however Washington has not confirmed the news.