Ratings: “Designated Survivor,” “Modern Family” Hit New Series Lows

The first “Designated Survivor” since December was the lowest-rated episode yet.

Designated Survivor | Mark Holzberg/ABC

On hiatus since mid-December, ABC’s “Designated Survivor” returned with a new episode Wednesday night.

The episode, which dealt with the fallout of First Lady Alex Kirkman’s death, did not fare well from a ratings standpoint.

Preliminary live+same-day numbers, in fact, position it as the lowest-rated installment yet.

According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Wednesday’s “Designated Survivor” drew a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 3.73 million overall viewers

The series low numbers trail the 0.8 rating and 4.38 million viewer mark drawn by the previous episode on December 13.

“Designated Survivor” placed third in the timeslot beneath “Chicago PD” and “SEAL Team.”

— “Designated Survivor” was not the only ABC series to hit a new series low Wednesday night. “Modern Family” also fell to a low.

This week’s episode drew a 1.3 in the demo and 4.92 million in viewership. The previous episode, which aired on January 17, posted a 1.8 rating and 6.24 million viewer mark.

Among adults 18-49, “Modern Family” tied fellow ABC series “The Goldbergs” for third place on the night. CBS’ “Survivor” (1.7) and FOX’s “9-1-1” (1.5) fared better in the demo.

— ABC’s Wednesday lineup also included the aforementioned “The Goldbergs” (1.3, 5.42 million), “Speechless” (1.0, 4.07 million), and “American Housewife” (1.0, 4.11 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

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