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Designated Survivor, Speechless Get Full-Season Pickups at ABC

Both shows got full season orders from ABC.

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Kaitlin Thomas


ABC has ordered full seasons of freshman series Designated SurvivorandSpeechless, the network announced Thursday. Both shows received nine additional episodes, bringing their Season 1 totals to 22 episodes each.

"We're very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera, and are thrilled to be giving our audience more episodes," said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.

Designated Survivor, airing Wednesdays at 10/9c, stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member-turned-president of the United States following a deadly attack on Washington, DC. The show's premiere averaged 15.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults aged 18-49 in Nielsen's Live+3 ratings.

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The Minnie Driver-led family comedy Speechless is also faring well, with an average of 6.9 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in Live+Same Day numbers. It airs Wednesday's at 8:30/7:30c during the network's incredibly successful Wednesday night comedy block.