After going through many ups and downs, Designated Survivor has finally been axed down by Netflix.
Season 3 failed to save the show
The political drama thriller by Kiefer Sutherland will not be renewed for a fourth season. So, fans will have to satisfy themselves with the three seasons available on the giant streaming platform. Netflix has been pulling off shows with less viewership, and it looks like season 3 which was released on 6 June couldn’t meet up to the desired stats.
Viewership ratings declined after season 1
The show was first aired on ABC network, and fans and critics highly applauded it for its season 1. But the second season saw a deep plunge in its viewership. Hence, it was canceled, but Netflix emerged as the knight in shining armor to save the show. The series was given ten episodes try-out for season 3 on the streaming service last month. But it seems it proved to be a failure.
Netflix has announced that they are proud to have offered fans the third season of Designated Survivor. And they will continue to carry all three season for years to come. Expressing their gratitude towards the team, the Netflix statement read that they’re thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication, and unforgettable performance as President Kirkman.
The backstage shakeups
The show went many changes with during its first two seasons. First, there was Amy B. as the showrunner who got replaced in May 2016 with Jon Feldman. He worked for a very short time and left in December 2016. Then Jeff Melvoin filled the shoes, but Keith Eisner then succeeded him.
The show stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman who is a low cabinet minister. He moves on to become the president of the US after a bomb explosion kills all the candidates. It’s disappointing that fans won’t be able to know about the cliffhangers of the previous season. But you never know as the show might get picked up by some other streaming platform as has happened for many other shows.