Can ABC’s Hit Freshman Drama Lead the Network Out of Fourth Place?

Mar 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A freshman hit on ABC has increased the network’s “Monday 10 p.m. audience by 177 percent in total viewers and 162 percent in the 18-49 demo,” reports Adweek, adding, that the show, “The Good Doctor,”  “has also boosted ratings for its affiliates’ late local news, not to mention ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ which has topped ‘Late Show’ and ‘The Tonight Show’ in total viewers on six Mondays this season.”

The success of “The Good  Doctor,” the article says, “combined with the network’s midseason revival of ‘American Idol’ and [tonight’s] return of ‘Roseanne,’ has put ABC within striking distance of tying or surpassing CBS and Fox in the season’s 18-49 broadcast ratings, where the network has been stuck in fourth place since the 2015-16 season.

“‘It’s huge for them,’ says Betty Pat McCoy, svp, managing director and director of investment, [at ad agency] GSD&M. ‘They need to have a good anchor to start rebuilding, and this show hopefully will help them do that. This turns you around and makes people start looking at a network again.’”

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  1. ABC has offered hours and hours of GARBAGE for many years. Now it offers ONE good scripted drama (The Good Doctor) for intelligent people and suddenly critics think the Alphabet is surging to the top? Dream on. For ABC, it’s garbage in, GARBAGE out.

  2. ABC has only one show that I watch, and this one isn’t it. The season finale is either this week or next, which means I probably won’t turn ABC on until late next fall when it comes back.

  3. If anyone hasn’t watched, “The Good Doctor”, you should. There is a reason it’s so highly rated.

  4. I agree about the good doctor. It’s really a great show, and I look forward to seeing it each week. The problem is, they said that Jimmy Kimmel’s late night ratings have gone up on Mondays, that’s too bad, I really dislike this man now. He’s nothing but a political broker, in a late night comedians guise. If you remember how he started, he and Adam Carolla were nothing but misogynists, with bikini-clad women and drinking beer on their show. I don’t know how he got to where he is, I guess it’s the mysteries of Life unsolved.

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