Despite surviving severe showrunner shuffle in season one, ABC renewed its Designated Survivor TV show for second season. In the wake of the departures of Amy Harris, Jon Harmon Feldman, and Jeff Melvoin, Keith Eisner has taken the reins of the political drama. Can this veteran of The Good Wife, Law & Order, and Gilmore Girls earn the Nielsen ratings needed to keep it on the air? Will Designated Survivor be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *See update below.
A political conspiracy 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 ABC TV 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 ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
For comparisons: The first season of Designated Survivor on ABC averaged a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total audience of 5.840 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you like the Designated Survivor TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season on ABC?