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*OK, when we say the ABC series Scandal is the hottest show on TV, you say, “Tell us something we don’t know.”

Well, this may not be it. You probably agree that the shows’ eighth episode, directed by Ava DuVernay (pictured above) was off the chain last week – with lots of unexpected twists and turns. For one, we learned more about Olivia’s mother  (a hearty hello to Khandi Alexander) who has come back from “the dead.” We look forward to her new storyline!

But here’s something you may not know: Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter’s senior TV staff writer tweeted last night, #Scandal has 6 of the top 10 trends in the U.S. right now: #sisterdaughter, Really Harrison, #dontsellthehouse, David and Abby, #GladiAVA

She may have meant 5 of the top 10 but truly, at this point, who the heck is counting? Obviously, its a popular show!

Wonder if that number of trending hashtags is a record for a TV show?

Now last night’s episode was the #2 TV draw for the day, with 8.8 million viewers, second only to The Big Bang Theory on CBS, which aired earlier in the evening.

Hey, that’s not too shabby either!

You might also want to know that Scandal nearly beat CBS and NBC broadcasts COMBINED during the 10pm hour, leading Elementary by 61% and Parenthood by 142%.

On average, the Kerry Washington starrer is up 68% over the same point last year in Adults 18-49; making it TV’s fastest-growing returning series this season and ABC’s highest-rated show in the time slot since Lost (remember that cult series?) during the 2007-08 season.

A renewal for another season is practically guaranteed, despite recent concerns that Shonda Rhimes might end it all a lot sooner than fans would want. Given its impressive run, let’s encourage ABC (and Shonda Rhimes) that we need at least one more season of Scandal, deal Gladiators?