Speechless and Designated Survivor premiered strong for ABC. With only small declines after their second episodes, the alphabet network is rewarding both series with full-season orders, bringing their total for this season to 22 episodes each.
“‘Designated Survivor’ and ‘Speechless’ are two of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the fall season,” ABC Entertainment head Channing Dungey says in a statement. “We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera and are thrilled to be giving our audiences more episodes.”
The Kiefer Sutherland drama debuted with 10 million viewers and a 2.3 in the 18-49 demo, dropping roughly 18 percent in its second week but still winning the 10 p.m. timeslot. The pilot grew from a 2.2 to a 3.7 in adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing factored in. It’s improved greatly over the performance of former occupant, Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Minnie Driver comedy debuted to 7.3 million and a 2.0, matching its Goldbergs lead-in. It fell slightly this week to a respectable 6.4 million and a 1.8 rating. Its premiere improved from 2.0 to 2.6 with three days of DVR and on-demand catch-up.
The two ABC shows join NBC freshman hit, This Is Us, as the first to receive full-season orders. Do you watch either show? I do and enjoy both greatly, with Speechless being a huge surprise. It’s funny, heartwarming and witty. Sound off below.