Just two weeks into its freshman season, new drama “The Good Doctor” has been picked up for a full season of 22 episodes. The news from ABC comes after a strong second episode which scored a 2.2 in the Nielsen ratings for the key 18-49 demo, with no drop-off in the week since its premiere.
The show stars Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”) as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident with both autism and savant syndrome. Scientifically brilliant, he must navigate the difficult world of human interactions with a less-than-accepting medical staff at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Highmore is winning praise for a nuanced, realistic portrayal of what it’s like to live with autism, not only from TV critics but also from people with autism.
“The Good Doctor” is this year’s first new fall drama to get a pickup, and the second new show overall (following “Young Sheldon”).
“The Good Doctor” airs Monday nights at 10/9c on ABC.