As it stands right now, President Tom Kirkman is stepping down tonight. ABC has cancelled the Designated Survivor TV show so there won’t be a third season on the alphabet network. However, there are efforts afoot to find the series a new home. Would you watch Designated Survivor on another channel?
A political thriller, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace. The conspiracy drama series centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill wipes out the line of succession, this HUD Secretary becomes President of the United States. In Designated Survivor, season two, President Kirkman is on the hunt for the terrorists who destroyed the Capitol, even as he handles the daily Oval Office crises.
The Designated Survivor series debuted in September 2016 to very strong ratings but the numbers fell over the course of the first season. It ended up averaging a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.84 million viewers — about half the ratings of the series premiere. The series could have been cancelled but ABC gave it another chance and ordered a second season.
Season two got off to a decent start but the ratings quickly dropped and have kept on falling. The second season is currently averaging a 0.71 demo rating with 3.95 million. To no surprise, ABC cancelled Designated Survivor last week.
Moving a show to a new outlet is an expensive and risky prospect since there’s no guarantee that fans of a cancelled show will follow the series to its new home.
What do you think? Would you follow Designated Survivor to a new channel or streaming service? Would you watch season three elsewhere?