Is Tom Kirkman the man to lead the U.S. through this unspeakable nightmare? Has the Designated Survivor TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Designated Survivor season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?
What’s This TV Show About?
A political thriller, airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor follows HUD Secretary Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill, during the State of the Union Address, wipes out the presidential line of succession, this lower-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States. Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart — while navigating the highly-volatile political arena. In addition, he must lead the search to find who is responsible for a horrific attack. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.
Season One Ratings
Currently, the first season of Designated Survivor is averaging a 1.25 in the demo and 5.84 million total viewers. Find out how Designated Survivor stacks up against other ABC TV shows.
5/11 update: On May 11, 2017, Designated Survivor was renewed for a second season.
Season two will debut on September 27, 2017 at 10:00pm.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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With all the death and destruction on this show, you might expect to find this humble vulture in the midst of a gluttonous gorge. It seems, however, that Designated Survivor could find itself safe for a second season, despite its performance. Mirroring its lead character’s journey, this TV series finds itself in its present position, largely due to the catastrophic state of ABC’s drama slate.
Although it has been on hiatus since mid-December, Designated Survivor will not return until March 8th. That means the network is keeping it off the air, during Nielsen’s crucial February ratings sweeps. In addition, back in December, Jeff Melvoin boarded as the third showrunner — replacing Jon Harmon Feldman, who in turn, replaced Amy B. Harris. While I’ll remain on my perch for now, I’m keeping an eye on this one. It looks to me as though the network is trying to shore up this series and doing what they can to help it be a success.
5/11 update: ABC has renewed Designated Survivor for a second season. Details here.
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What do you think? Should the Designated Survivor TV show have been renewed for season two? How would you feel if ABC had cancelled this TV show, instead?
We are loving the show! Just please get Keifer Sutherland to enunciate better, sometimes hard to understand!
Love the show picked great characters for every part. Can’t wait for season 2 btw does anyone know when it will start back up?
I wouldnt be unhappy to see it cancelled. Not watching next year
Just been confirmed by Deadline and Variety Designated Survivor HAS been renewed for season 2! So HAPPY right now!
Please renew. I love the show.
My wife and I enjoy watching “Designated Survivor” and can’t wait to see the next episode from week to week… Please RENEW this excellent show…. It’s great and we hope that the Series will continue on for many seasons to come…
Great show. One of the best nights on tv. Do not cxl
I enjoyed the premise and liked the show, but it has a very real problem: it alienates half the audience by consistently making conservatives the bad guys. I got tired of watching a show that made me feel like I was a bad guy because I didn’t want more gun control or believe that Congress shouldn’t fund art and music programs because there is more important school spending. I enjoyed the idea that this president was an independent, but it seems that show after show he is pretty one-sided. Unfortunately this show does’t have any West Wing-like writers who could… Read more »
This is a great show with great writing ! But no one is going to FORCE you to watch it. Methinks you do protest TOO much because a nerve was hit. And btw if ALL of the Conservatives are “bad guys ” then WHY would Kirkman want Kimbal Hookstraten For VP? She told him straight out that she wanted his job in the first or second episode.
Please, please keep this show “Designated Survival” going. It’s a great show. This is something that can keep your eyes open in today’s world in real time. Love the show!
Yes please submit my approval 100%! for a second series to continue . I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS SERIES EVERY EPISODE and am “hooked ” EAGER FOR IT TO RETURN !!! Please let me know any updates Thank you , Dorothy – Dee
I love this show. Please don’t cancel it.
Love the show. Yes should keep on and on. Better than all programs other than NCIS original.
Please renew this show for season 2! It is the best show on network tv right now. I even stay up late to watch it in it’s 10pm timeslot. I will be devastated if abc cancels it, and will never forgive them! So will many of my friends.
I like the show. Would hate to see it cancelled.
Awesome show,just got this watching all of season one,was looking for a series to watch read the info started watching Sunday 5/7/17 ,it’s was so good it had you where you couldn’t wait to see what was next! I watched all the episodes in 2 days,one night I didn’t go to sleep until 7.am,so now I finished season one been searching to find out when season 2 would air,I pray it do,darn good show,I work at a casino,and then told all my coworker s bout it xx please have a season 2 and keep it coming
Please, please keep this great show on ABC. Give it a chance to prove its loyal followers are right.