As President Kirkman struggles to put together a new Supreme Court, FBI Agent Hannah Wells goes undercover and discovers much more than she ever could have imagined. Seth Wright has to contend with journalist Abe Leonard, who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.
Season 1 Episode 17 of Designated Survivor was watched by 5,060,000 viewers, resulting in a 1.00 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
On the night of the State of the Union, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the Designated Survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is only the beginning of what is to come.