The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. In addition to Highmore, the series also stars Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuky Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, and Tamlyn Tomita.
“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 series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. David Shore is writer and executive producer. Daniel Dae Kim, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. Seth Gordon directed the pilot and is also an executive producer.
The show has proven to be one of the more popular new series this season already, with the series premiere nabbing a healthy 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers according to Nielsen Live+Same Day data. The second episode of the series aired Monday night, also netting a 2.2 and 10.9 million viewers.
“The Good Doctor” is the second freshman show to receive a full season order thus far. Previously, CBS announced that “Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” would also get a full season. That series aired a special preview last Monday, where it maintained a substantial portion of its lead-in from “Big Bang Theory” with a 3.8 and 17.2 million viewers.