ABC has expanded its orders for two new prime-time series — one drama and one comedy. The network announced full-season orders today for “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless.”
The two freshman shows are airing on Wednesday nights. Each series received an order for nine additional episodes.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey made the announcement.
“’Designated Survivor’ and ‘Speechless’ are two of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the fall season,” Dungey 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.”
The announcement notes that the drama “Designated Survivor” has built on its lead-in by double digits on average, and ranks No. 1 in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. hour in Live + Same Day Total Viewers (9.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.0/7).
“More than doubling the audience in its time period on its series debut (+104%), the new drama delivered ABC’s most-watched scripted telecast in the hour in 5 years — since 9/21/11,” the announcement notes. “The season’s biggest gainer in TV playback with viewers, the ‘Designated Survivor’ debut shot up in the Live + 3 Day numbers to 15.3 million viewers (+5.3 million) and a 3.7 rating in Adults 18-49 (+1.5 rating points). In fact, the show’s 5.3 million viewer spike after 3 days of playback is the largest lift for any TV series debut in 2 years — since ABC’s ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ on 9/25/14.”
Produced by The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios, “Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman; with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.
“ABC’s ‘Speechless’ debuted as the No. 2 regular new comedy during Premiere Week (w/o 9/19/16) among Adults 18-49, behind only CBS’ ‘Big Bang’-led ‘Kevin Can Wait,'” the network noted in its announcement. “In fact, ‘Speechless’ ranked among the week’s Top 5 highest-rated comedies on TV with young adults (No. 5-tie). In Total Viewers, the show’s debut drew ABC’s biggest scripted audience to the time period in 1-year — since 9/30/15. On average in Live + Same Day, ABC’s ‘Speechless’ (6.9 million and 1.9/7) builds on its ‘The Goldbergs’ lead-in by 3% in Total Viewers and retains a strong 95% among Adults 18-49.”
“Speechless,” from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.