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.
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.
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.
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.
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.