“Designated Survivor” off to strong start


Kiefer Sutherland gets to do something he was never able to do on 24 – become President of The United States.

And he didn’t even battle Dennis Haysbert for the job.

The biggest debut of the night was the premiere of Designated Survivor, the Kiefer Sutherland vehicle where he plays the President Of The United States – getting the position only after his successor is killed in an explosion during the State Of The Union address. The series received strong sampling, earning a 2.2/8 adults 18-49 rating and drawing 10 million viewers. Designated was the night’s second most-watched show, behind the season premiere of Empire.

Designated easily coasted past NBC’s competing Chicago P.D., which ad a 1.6/5.

Reviews of the heavily-promoted Designated were pretty good, achieving a Metacritic score of 71 and a 85 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

As for Empire, the third season premiere featuring the antics of the Lyon family, earned a 4.2/13 – but that was down from the 6.7 rating it earned for last year’s season premiere. Empire improved on its Leathal Weapon premiere, which drew a 2.2/8 – not a bad start.

As for the rest, the other show named Survivor – the longtime reality competition series – premiered with a 2.3/9 on CBS, with a Millennial vs Gen X version. During one of the challenges, a team blew a huge lead and lost. Already, the White Sox are asking if anyone on the team is available to join their 2017 roster.

Following Survivor was the season finale of Big Brother, earning a 2.0/7. An CBS All-Access version is expected to debut on the streaming service later this fall.

ABC had a consistent debut for all four of their comedies: 2.0 each for Goldbergs, newcomer Speechless, and Black-ish. Modern Family had a 2.6.

NBC tumbled to fourth for the evening with Blindspot (1.3/5), Law And Order: SVU (1.8/6) and Chicago P.D.

And the lone first-run show on CW was Whose Line Is It Anyway, which drew a 0.3/1. The CW’s dramas better hurry back.

All numbers are based on adult 18-49 final ratings and provided by the Programming Insider. To see the complete ratings chart, click here.