Photo: The Good Doctor (Eike Schroter, ABC)

Never underestimate the TV-watching community‚Äôs love for competent medical professionals, especially when they can warm a few hearts while saving a few lives, as Variety says that ABC has given The Good Doctor a second season. The show has apparently been the ‚Äúundisputed freshman hit‚ÄĚ of the current TV season, averaging 9.8 million viewers on the same-day ratings‚ÄĒmeaning nearly 10 million people watch this show when it airs and not on the DVR or on Hulu the next day. That also puts it directly behind Grey‚Äôs Anatomy as the second highest-rated show on ABC. The ratings have been so good, as Variety also notes, that ABC gave it a full season after airing only two episodes.

The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore as a young man who has autism and is good at being a doctor, and in a statement ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said that the show has ‚Äúquickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape.‚ÄĚ

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