"Lucky 7's" loss is "Scandal's" gain -- the canceled drama's newly vacated timeslot on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. will now be filled by ABC's political thriller, which will serve as "Lucky 7's" replacement for at least the next three weeks.

ABC announced that the October 8 episode of "Lucky 7" will be replaced by last week's "Scandal" Season 3 premiere, titled "It's Handled," at 10 p.m. ET -- giving newcomers to the show another chance to catch up.

At 10 p.m. on Oct. 15, "Scandal" episode 302, titled "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," will be rebroadcast after its Oct. 10 debut. And on Oct. 22, episode 303, titled "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington" will reair. No word on how long the "Scandal" repeats will occupy the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot.

"Lucky 7" was one of the lowest rated drama premieres in years, drawing only 4.4 million viewers and a 1.3 ratings share in the adults 18-49 demo for its first episode. By week 2, it had slid to a disastrous 0.7 in the demo and 2.6 million viewers, and was quickly axed.

In comparison, "Scandal" scored a series high of 10.5 million viewers and a 3.6 in the demo for its season premiere, in addition to being the number one show on Twitter last week, making it easy to see why ABC considers it the safer bet.

"Scandal" airs new episodes Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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