ABC Awards Full Season To Popular Autism Drama
A television drama centering on a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome is proving so popular with viewers that network executives are ordering up more.
After airing just two episodes, ABC said it is granting a full season to “The Good Doctor.”
The hourlong drama focuses on Shaun Murphy, a young physician on the spectrum, who’s medically gifted but struggles to connect to those around him.
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“We are thrilled to announce that we are giving our viewers additional episodes of ‘The Good Doctor,'” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. “We have an amazing team in front of and behind the camera, led by Freddie Highmore’s incredibly nuanced performance as Dr. Shaun Murphy, and we’re confident the show will continue to captivate our audience.”
ABC said the show’s debut last month was the network’s most watched for a new series since 2014. Between the regular broadcast and playback in the days after, the drama is drawing 16.9 million viewers.
“The Good Doctor” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.