ABC just made a statement that they extended their initial orders on Designated Survivor and Speechless. The two shows were picked up for 13 episodes intially. They will be doing 22 episodes for their first seasons.
About the network’s decision, Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment said “We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera, and are thrilled to be giving our audience more episodes”.
Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 10/9c with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Tom Kirkman a low-level cabinet member who had to become the president of the United States after an attack on Washington, DC. The premiere had 15.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults aged 18-49 in Nielsen’s Live+3 ratings.
On the other hand, Minnie Driver’s family comedy Speechless is also doing well for a new show. Averagely, it has 6.9 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in Live+Same Day numbers per episode. It is a part of ABC’s very successful Wednesday night comedy programs block.
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