ABC has handed out a full season order to their Freddie Highmore fronted freshman medical drama The Good Doctor. The show’s first season will now consist of twenty-two episodes. The series is set to air on this side of the pond on Sky Living, after they acquired The Good Doctor in a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television.
“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.”
The Good Doctor looks to be one of the early success stories of the 2017-2018 season. In live+3 delivery, the series premiere has attracted an audience of 16.9 million viewers and a 3.7 A18-49 rating. The Good Doctor also ranks as Monday’s No. 1 drama broadcast show in Adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers, improving the 10 o’clock hour for ABC by 50%.
The Good Doctor follows Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
The drama series, which hails from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-0‘s Daniel Dae Kim, is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios and in addition to Freddie Highmore, also stars Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff and Tamlyn Tomita. The executive producers are David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim, David Kim and Sebastian Lee.