Not counting Roseanne, last season, ABC cancelled seven and renewed four TV shows. Of that lucky foursome, The Good Doctor TV show was by far the most successful in the Nielsen ratings race. Can it keep the Television Vulture at bay this time out? Will The Good Doctor be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
An ABC medical drama, The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Tamlyn Tomita, Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee, Paige Spara, and Richard Schiff. The series centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a gifted young surgeon and savant on the autism spectrum. While his autism can hinder his ability to connect with others, working at the hospital with the guidance of his advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Schiff), has helped Shaun expand his world and the mindsets of others.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
3/12 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The first season of The Good Doctor averaged a 1.78 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.77 million total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like The Good Doctor TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season?
2/5/19 update: ABC has renewed The Good Doctor TV show for a third season.