Designated Survivor Ratings--Season 1 (2016-17)

Designated Survivor was one of the most anticipated, if not the most anticipated, new show going into the 2016 upfronts. In fact, it was picked up early, before Paul Lee exited in February 2016. It didn't do terrible for a 10pm show, and became another example of a 10pm show doing just OK in Live + Same Day ratings but doing much better when DVR numbers are factored in (which mean little to nothing to advertisers). The fact that it shed half of its premiere audience for its finale isn't great, but it was still ABC's #2 10pm drama and most likely would have been #1 if How to Get Away with Murder had to air in the spring. Plus, its audience was more or less steady from the 5th episode on, so it's hard to be too harsh on it.

Grade: B

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