Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Designated Survivor' cancellation: ABC wasn't "confident about the creative path"

'Designated Survivor' cancellation: ABC wasn't

Does the line of succession for Designated Survivor lead to Netflix?

We had recently reported that Designated Survivor, the ABC drama that stars Kiefer Sutherland, had been canceled by the network after two seasons.

According to Deadline, the talks are in the early stages and are complicated because Hulu has the US SVOD rights.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and while a deal is still far from completion - the series is an expensive one to make and the streaming rights now belong to Hulu in the USA - it's a very intriguing prospect.

As Netflix don't release viewing figures, we don't really know how popular the series is outside of the States, but, the words of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey suggest that the addition of USA and Canadian markets to the fold in the event of a pick-up could make it a worthwhile move. Huge. So we suspected, upon hearing about the series' cancellation, that it would try anything and everything to work this out, and it looks like that's now happening in earnest.

'Designated Survivor' cancellation: ABC wasn't

The series saw ratings declines in Season 2 but continued to be helped by strong delayed increases.

"[The show] did well in delayed viewing but its Live+Same Day delivery in the 10 PM hour had become challenging", he added.

"That was a hard one for us", ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday during ABC's upfront press call about the cancellation decision. Feldman left the show and Jeff Melvoin was brought in to take over, only for Keith Eisner to be made showrunner for season two.

We'll keep you posted on the status of Designated Survivor season 3.

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