ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg
December 05, 2016 at 09:34 PM EST

One of this season’s most promising new dramas is making a big change behind the camera.

EW has confirmed that ABC’s Designated Survivor will say goodbye to showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman to make way for Jeff Melvoin, who formerly shepherded Army Wives for Lifetime. Feldman leaves at a time when the Kiefer Sutherland drama — which remains ABC’s most successful freshman show — has seen a drop in viewership since its Sept. 21 debut.

After critical raves, more than 17 million people watched the premiere episode, according to live plus seven-day results from Nielsen. The drama’s most current result is 13.14 million in live plus seven.

The drama, which shoots in Toronto, is penned by creator David Guggenheim with input from Sutherland, who plays a former cabinet member who becomes the U.S. president after a catastrophe hits the nation’s capital.

Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV in this ABC political drama. The 2016 new fall show follows his rise to president when all other cabinet members tragically die. Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q also star.
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