Designated Survivor cancelled by Netflix

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Here’s a surprising one: a year on from saving the show from cancellation at ABC, Netflix has opted to cancel Designated Survivor rather than pressing ahead with the show’s fourth season.

When ABC cancelled Designated Survivor after its second season, it was Netflix that stepped into the breach to pick up the show and make the third season. Now, though, with Netflix dropping the show instead of making the fourth season, all hope for more episodes seems to be lost.

Here’s what Netflix said in an official statement on the matter: “We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come. We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

As you’d expect from a corporate statement, there’s no real clues about what went wrong here. And since Netflix doesn’t reveal its viewing stats, it’s impossible to know if ratings were the issue.

If we ever learn the ‘why’ behind the latest Designated Survivor cancellation, we’ll be sure to let you know.