May 15 (UPI) -- ABC passed on renewing Designated Survivor for a third season because the White House drama's ratings weren't high enough and its creative direction was unclear, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said.
"That's a hard one for us," he told reporters on a teleconference call Tuesday. "It did do well in delayed viewing. It was becoming a bit of a challenge for us in the 10 o'clock hour, in terms of its live, same-day performance. I think, creatively, we've also had a lot of behind-the-scenes turn on that show in terms of the number of showrunners that were involved. I think, ultimately, we were less confident about the creative path forward than with the other shows we brought back."