'Designated Survivor' enjoys huge jump in viewer ratings

(Facebook/DesignatedSurvivor)Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) returns next February in "Designated Survivor."

"Designated Survivor" may be on break for over two months, but it made sure it went on a brief hiatus on a high note.

According to a report from Variety, ABC's political drama TV series rose 120 percent in total viewers for Week 10 of the current 2017–2018 broadcast season among adults aged 18–49 years. The huge jump, which came from Nielsen data, also marked the biggest Live+7 increase for the season, so far, the report added. The show's viewership remarkably increased from 4.03 million to 8.86 million viewers for the week beginning Nov. 27.

In addition, the show also recorded the biggest percentage gain in the period, with 143 percent, from a 0.7 now up to 1.7 actual gain.

Overall, "Designated Survivor" ended at the fifth spot for the said period behind NBC's "This Is Us" and ABC's "The Good Doctor," which are both drama series, taking the first and second spots, respectively. Finishing third was CBS' hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" followed by ABC's "Modern Family."

Meanwhile, "Young Sheldon" of CBS finished sixth while FOX's "Orville" landed at seventh. Rounding out the top 10 are "Empire," "Chicago PD," and "Law and Order: SVU," at the eighth, ninth, and 10th spots, respectively.

Meanwhile, TV Guide reported that the prospects of seeing President Tom Kirkland played by Kiefer Sutherland find a new love interest next year is bleak, at least once the series resumes. "I think you're going to see, at least for a while, Tom Kirkman grappling with the after effects of his wife's death," said Designated Survivor showrunner, Keith Eisner, adding, "We won't plunge headlong into romance, because we don't think that's true to life."

Kirkman's wife, Alex, (Natascha McElhone) was shockingly killed in a tragic vehicular accident during the show's final episode of the year. It is likely that the story will revolve around Kirman running the country while feeling the loss of his wife. Still, Eisner did not close the door completely on Kirkman finding a new love.

"We will perhaps hint at the possibility of a romance," Eisner teases. "but we won't get there too quickly," he added.

"Designated Survivor" returns on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m. CT on ABC.