ABC has given the go-ahead for full seasons of two of its new shows, “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless.”
Both shows have gotten off to solid starts on Wednesday night, and both shows have earned back-nine orders to bring their total for this season to 22 episodes each.
“‘Designated Survivor’ and ‘Speechless’ are two of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the fall season,” ABC Entertainment head Channing Dungey says in a statement. “We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera and are thrilled to be giving our audiences more episodes.”
The two ABC shows join NBC freshman “This Is Us” in receiving full-season orders.
Through two episodes, drama “Designated Survivor” is averaging a 2.0 sam-day rating in adults 18-49 and just under 9 million viewers; its first episode grew from a 2.2 to a 3.7 in adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing.
It’s also given ABC a big boost year to year in the 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot. Its 2.0 average in adults 18-49 is 74 percent higher than the 1.15 for the first two episodes of “Nashville” last season.
“Speechless” has slid comfortably into the 8:30 p.m. spot, with a 1.9 in the 18-49 demo and 6.9 million viewers. Its premiere improved from 2.0 to 2.6 with three days of DVR and on-demand catchup.
The show has thus far essentially matched the ratings its lead-in, “The Goldbergs,” which has helped ABC’s Wednesday comedy block remain pretty stable.