With just a few days to go for the season finale of the first season of “Designated Survivor,” ABC has announced that the Kiefer Sutherland-starrer political thriller has been renewed for another season.
Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed president of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union speech.
In the first season of the 13-episode dramatic thriller, Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.
The series also stars Indian American actor Kal Penn in a pivotal role, as Seth Wright, a White House speech writer. Over the episodes, Penn’s character of a smart and quick-witted White House staff has gone through a lot of growth and change, and viewers are definitely interested in seeing more of him.
The series also stars Natasha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett and Maggie Q.
The show has been a solid ratings performer in the L+SD numbers, averaging a 1.3 rating and 6 million viewers per episode, according to Variety. The show has seen incredible success in delayed viewing, however, typically doubling its viewership between L+3 and L+7.
ABC has also renewed the comedy, “American Housewife” and the drama, “Agents of SHIELD.”