ABC wasn't 'confident about the creative path' for 'Designated Survivor'

Angelo Anderson
May 16, 2018

The talks are very preliminary, but it does give hope to fans of the series who thought this week's Season 2 finale would be a series finale. While they've declined in the second season, the delayed viewing numbers are promising, which bodes well for a streaming service.

"Creatively, we've had a lot of behind-the-scenes churn on the show in terms of the number of showrunners involved", she noted.

"Ultimately, we were less confident about the [show's] creative path forward than we were our other shows", ABC president Channing Dungey said on Tuesday. The network screened the entire opening act at its 2016 upfront presentation, where Sutherland received a huge ovation.


Designated Survivor airs its Season 2 - and possibly series - finale on Wednesday, May 16 at 10/9c on ABC.

Ratings-wise, the show did fairly well early on, averaging nearly six million viewers, but more recently it had only been averaging around four million viewers, which placed it near the bottom of ABC's top drama series. Its season-to-date adults 18-49 rating (most current) is 1.6, same as CBS' Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: New Orleans, which were renewed.

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