ABC has dished out full season orders for two of its new shows: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and SPEECHLESS. Nine additional episodes of both series, from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, and The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios respectively, have been ordered.
In making the announcement, Dungey said, “DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and SPEECHLESS are two of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the fall season. 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.”
Building on its lead-in by double digits on average, ABC’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ranks a dominant No. 1 in Wednesday’s 10:00 p.m. hour with 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 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.
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. 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.