TV winners and losers of the 2012-13 season

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There were many obvious failures this TV season (the judging panels on American Idol and The X-Factor, NBC’s “categorial denial” of Jay Leno’s departure, one too many shows with monkeys) but here are the five losers — and five winners — that truly captured our attention this season.

WINNERS

Scandal. Though the ratings don’t suggest a mega-hit (the ABC drama finished the season tied in 35th place with a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49), the show’s status in the zeitgeist hit a 50 share as Olivia and Fitz got closer, and then didn’t, but then they did … and then they didn’t. Damn you, Cy and Mellie!

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