ABC has given the hook to a pair of dramas that started their lives with strong ratings but have fizzled out since: “Designated Survivor” and “Quantico.”
“Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland as a lower-level Cabinet member elevated to the presidency after a terrorist attack, is gone after two seasons. Its now-series finale will air May 16.
“Quantico,” about a group of young FBI agents, will finish its run after three seasons. Season 3 debuted just three weeks ago, and it will run into the summer before ending after 57 episodes.
After starting strong last season, “Designated Survivor” wasn’t able to sustain its momentum. It averaged a 1.25 same-day rating among adults 18-49 in 2017-18 but declined by an unsightly 42 percent this season. Although the show had strong delayed-viewing numbers and a streaming deal with Netflix, its declines apparently weren’t sustainable.
“Quantico” had a similar profile: It fell by better than 40 percent in Season 2 last year and was something of a surprise renewal. Its first three episodes this season have averaged a 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic, down about 26 percent vs. last year.