Without a doubt, the show's launch was impressive. Designated Survivor has garnered over ten million viewers during its premiere. However, yet by the end of Season 1, the figures dropped by half. The second season premiere has drawn 5.50 million viewers with a 1.1/4 rating/share (P18-49). As we may see, this figure is close to that of Season 1 finale. Thus, the figures of Season 2 are closer to the mark of four million viewers. We regard these figures low.
Another point that disturbs us is a reception by critics and viewers. The first season of Designated Survivor has received a mostly positive response from the target audience as well as from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show's score was 6.98/10/85% among critics and 4/5/78% among the viewers, respectively. On Metacritic, the rating of Season 1 was 71/100 and 6.6/10, critics/viewers, respectively. However, a sophomore season is currently showcasing mostly mixed reviews, 2.9/5/47% (Rotten Tomatoes), 5.3/10 (Metacritic), among the target audience. Again, the situation might change by the end of the 2nd season. However, a downtrend is evident, unfortunately. An overall score of Designated Survivor on IMDb is pretty high, however, 7.8/10 ~ 42,000 votes.
Summing up, we think that ABC would decide to cancel Designated Survivor after just two seasons.
What Is Designated Survivor About?When it comes to a completely unexpected situation in the upper echelons of power, there is a unique protocol in case of destruction of the state machine, called "designated survivor." This directive enters into force if the President dies and it serves for accomplishing the presidential line of succession. Usually, the designated successor belongs to the United States Cabinet, and he succeeds in the reigns of power in that case. But what if almost everyone died in the line of succession?
The storyline thereby follows Tom Kirkman, a minor official in the US Cabinet, who has forcibly become the next POTUS, after the President and all the possible successors died due to the attack. Upon arrival at the White House, Kirkman faced with the duties unknown to him before. Now he is the only person responsible for the situation in the country, whose decisions are crucial, and who, after all, can take all the things under his control, preventing chaos and destruction.