There’s good news and bad news to report today, but let’s start off with something positive: The Good Doctor episode 2 ratings!
For the second straight week the Freddy Highmore drama performed extremely well, with it this time posting a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and more than 11 million viewers. These mark increases from the premiere, and it’s super-rare that you see something like that happen with a show that is in its second week airing. This all but assures ABC giving the series a full-season pickup, which would make it the first drama series to have that honor. (The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon already has it on the comedy side of things.)
The Good Doctor is currently improving on its Dancing with the Stars lead-in and we hope to see it continue to showcase its ratings might in the weeks to come. It’s nice to see a non-franchise series with a great cast perform well at a time many network shows do not. We’ll probably be writing about it at CarterMatt for quite some time.
As for some other new-series ratings on the night…
Bad start for 9JKL – If this was another network or at a different time, the Mark Feuerstein series generating a 1.6 rating wouldn’t be all that terrible. However, this is CBS, and this is with it airing after The Big Bang Theory. We’re not saying that the show will get canceled, but we already think that the network made a silly mistake waiting on November 2 to put more of Young Sheldon on the air. It could’ve been finding its ratings footing right now and instead the network is potentially wasting a spot on a show that didn’t get great reviews. We love Feuerstein and this cast, but we’ve seen the show before.
Decent start for The Gifted – Given that this is Fox and it’s a network with pretty low expectations, starting things off with a 1.5 here isn’t all that bad. It improved on the Lucifer premiere ratings (1.1), and provided it keeps most of this it feels like it’ll be on the air for a long time to come.
Shows in trouble – The biggest one we’re worried about right now is Me, Myself & I, which posted a 1.0 rating in just its second episode. Granted Kevin Can Wait isn’t exactly pulling big numbers before it, but CBS is having a comedy crisis right now with shows that are not within the house that Chuck Lorre built. Scorpion, for the record, isn’t performing much better with just a 0.9 rating at 10:00. It lost to both The Good Doctor and the second episode of The Brave, which held on okay in posting a 1.2.
What do you think about some of these ratings right now, and do you think some of our predictions are right? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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