ABC’s The Good Doctor is the top-performing rookie show in Nielsen’s live-plus-seven-day ratings for the week ending Oct. 1, which were released Monday.

The Monday-night series, starring Freddie Highmore as a brilliant young doctor who is on the autism spectrum, doubled its week-one adults 18-49 rating to a 4.4 from a 2.2, a 100 percent increase. The show, which was picked up for a full season on Oct. 3, also added nearly eight million viewers after one week of delayed viewing to reach a total audience of 19.2 million people in the week ended Oct. 1.

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NBC’s This Is Us, in its sophomore season, was the top-performing series overall in the live-plus-seven-day ratings, adding 2.6 ratings points among primetime’s key demo to a 6.5, a 67 percent gain. This Is Us also added nearly 7 million viewers for a total audience of 19.87 million.

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NBCU’s Will & Grace also gained a lot of ground in the L+7s, jumping 67 percent among adults 18-49 to a 5.0 from a strong 3.0 live-plus-same-day premiere, and 55 percent among viewers to 15.85 million.

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CBS’s Young Sheldon, which debuted in the week and then is lying dormant until Thursday Night Football concludes, gained 45 percent among adults 18-49 to a 5.5, and added 30 percent in viewers to reach a total audience of 22.46 million. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, from which Young Sheldon is spun off, grew 41 percent among adults 18-49 in the L+7s to a 5.8 and 31 percent among viewers to hit 23.08 million, which was the largest total audience of any series on broadcast primetime during premiere week.

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ABC had the next big gainers among adults 18-49, with Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Designated Survivor and How to Get Away with Murder increasing, respectively, 70 percent to a 3.9, 71 percent a 3.5, 127 percent to a 2.5 and 109 percent to a 2.3. Among viewers, Grey’s grew 48 percent to nearly 12 million; Modern Family added 54 percent to 10.77 million; Designated Survivor was the third-highest gainer among viewers, jumping 106 percent to 11.34 million viewers; and How To Get Away with Murder added 80 percent to 7.15 million.

Rounding out the top-ten gainers among adults 18-49 was Fox’s Empire, which gained 50 percent to a 3.6.

Among viewers, Young Sheldon was followed by two more CBS shows. Blue Bloods, Friday night’s Tom Selleck-starrer, jumped 46 percent to 14.6 million viewers. CBS’ new series, SEAL Team, which was just picked up for a full season, improved 44 percent to 14.25 million viewers.

In ninth place, NBC’s Chicago Fire heated up 60 percent to 11.47 million viewers. And rounding out the top-ten among viewers was CBS’ Criminal Minds, which gained 59 percent to 11.15 million viewers in its 13th-season premiere.


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