Seven’s new drama The Good Doctor cracks 1m metro viewers to win the night

Last night it wasn’t programs during the competitive 7:30pm timeslot or news which attracted the most viewers – rather it was Seven’s new drama The Good Doctor, which premiered with 1.062m metro viewers.

The new US drama, which has received a positive response globally, tells the story of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who is recruited into a paediatric surgical unit.

The US drama was a hit for Seven

Running from 8:45pm, it managed to top the key advertising demographics 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

The Good Doctor outrated two-part series Hoges – which was previously Seven’s highest-rating drama of the year.

Hoges attracted 837,000 metro viewers earlier this year ,with Seven’s director of programming Angus Ross saying the show was a success  – despite media commentary indicating otherwise.

“Interestingly this year, the highest ratings drama still is Hoges, and that was described as a flop and each of those [episodes] did a 1m [national viewers],” he said at Seven’s recent Upfronts

Meanwhile the 7:30pm battle saw Seven’s The Wall nab its second consecutive win over Nine’s Family Food Fight.

Whilst The Wall fell from last night’s 974,000 to 795,000 metro viewers, it still beat Family Food Fight’s 523,000 – which dipped from Monday’s 614,000.

Competing against The Wall and Family Food Fight was Ten’s Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, which averaged 392,000 metro viewers.

But Ten’s most watched program was the second half-hour of The Project, with a metro audience of 541,000.

Seven won the 6pm news battle with 949,000 metro viewers over Nine News’ 822,000.

ABC News attracted 707,000 viewers across the five metro cities.

With the help of Seven’s new drama, the channel won the overall audience share at 25.4%. It was the only main channel with a share of more than 20%, with Nine managing 17.7% in second place.

Ten beat the ABC with shares of 11.2% and 10.1% respectively, and SBS’ share was 5.9%.


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