Forecaster: Can ‘Speechless’ and ‘Designated Survivor’ shore up ABC’s Wednesday?


ABC unveils its first two new series of 2016-17 on Wednesday, with comedy “Speechless” and drama “Designated Survivor” joining one of the network’s stronger nights of late.

“Speechless” is one of the best-reviewed comedy pilots of the fall, and it looks to fit in well with ABC’s two-hour block of family shows. It stars Minnie Driver as the driven mom of a special-needs son (Micah Fowler) who’s always striving to find the best situation for him — sometimes at the expense of her husband (John Ross Bowie) and other kids (Mason Cook and Kyla Kenedy).

It airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT between “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family,” which were ABC’s two top-rated comedies last season.

“Designated Survivor” takes over the 10 p.m. spot formerly occupied by “Nashville.” It stars Kiefer Sutherland in the title role, a Cabinet secretary who’s held at a secure location during the State of the Union address. When a bomb explodes during the address, he’s suddenly elevated to the presidency.

“Nashville’s” ratings last season rarely got much over 1.0 in adults 18-49, so ABC is hoping for a better performance than that.

You know how this goes: Predict the premiere ratings in the polls below and talk it out in the comments.


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