Despite the mixed reviews from critics, they, nevertheless, have praised Highmore's performance, as well as strong television ratings. Indeed, this role fits Freddie since he looks a bit "special" to some extent. Whether it be a psycho or autist, it seems that Highmore is capable of coping with the task to play that role. The response by the target audience, in turn, was mostly rapturous. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of The Good Doctor holds a score of 5.49/10 and a 58% approval rating among critics, while the viewers have rated the medical drama at 4.4/5/87%. On Metacritic, the indicators were a bit lower but almost similar to those of Rotten Tomatoes, 53/100 and 7.9/10, among critics/viewers, respectively. An overall score of The Good Doctor on IMDb remains high, 8.4/10 ~ 23,200 votes.
As we have mentioned above, the television ratings were impressive. The Pilot of The Good Doctor has garnered 11.22 million viewers with a 2.19 key demo (P18-49). The next six episodes have drawn over ten million viewers each. Therefore, nothing is surprising that ABC decided to extend the season with more episodes. Finally, the subsequent episodes have attracted over nine million viewers each. Just the fifteenth one titled "Heartfelt" has garnered 7.82 million viewers. We regarded these figures as very strong. Few shows on TV could boast with such excellent ratings. As a result, we were sure that ABC would take these statistics into account in their decision about the future of the series.
Summing up, The Good Doctor possessed all the virtues of the successful series. The show has the incredibly strong ratings; the target audience is wholly satisfied; the series has its estrange protagonist, who keeps the audience in suspense. Finally, ABC has ordered the additional episodes for the first season and later renewed the show for another round.
The Good Doctor SummaryIf you have not watched this medical drama on ABC yet, please read a brief overview of The Good Doctor below.
The story focuses on Shaun Murphy, a young aspiring surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. Having survived a troubled childhood in his hometown Casper, Wyoming, Murphy heads to San Jose, California, with the firm intention to work at the prestigious surgery unit in San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. His mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman supports Murphy's purpose.
It's worth noting that because of his syndrome, Shaun isn't able to communicate with the outer world. However, his extraordinary medical skills allow Murphy to save lives. His medical intuition looks doubtful. Nonetheless, such natural gift gives him a chance to cool down the skepticism of his colleagues.