Designated Survivor and Quantico Canceled at ABC

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ABC has decided that domestic ratings actually matter. 

The alphabet network has swung the ax on both Designated Survivor and Quantico. 

Designated Survivor Season 2 is averaging 4 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. 

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The Kiefer Sutherland fronted thriller is down over 40 percent year-to-year in the demo, with the most recent episode pulling in just 3.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. 

The series starred Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a man who is the sole survivor of the cabinet after a bomb wipes the others out. 

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He becomes the President of the United States by default. Throughout its two-season run, it has been a political thriller with several mysteries. 

It had a worldwide distribution deal which is thought to have sweetened the deal to renew the series last year. A similar Netflix deal is said to have saved Dynasty over on The CW. 

Quantico axed

Meanwhile, ABC has nixed Quantico after three seasons. The show was widely expected to be canceled last year, but was renewed thanks to the international appeal of the series. 

Quantico Season 3 bowed on ABC last month following Scandal coming to a close, but the ratings were beyond terrible. 

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Through three episodes, it is averaging 2.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49. It was holding around 50 percent of the Station 19 lead-in, so it's surprising that it's even still on the schedule. 

Alas, it sounds like ABC will leave the series in the 10/9c Thursday slot to unspool the final ten episodes. 

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Both series join Ten Days in the Valley and The Mayor in the TV scrap heap. 

More cancellations are expected over the coming days, so brace yourself, TV Fanatics. 

Did you watch either of these series? 

Did they deserve to go?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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