Netflix viewers just can’t get enough of a blockbuster medical drama. The streaming platform’s subscribers across the world have logged in to watch The good doctor, helping the series rise to the top of the global streaming charts. The ABC medical drama follows Freddie Highmore’s Shaun Murphy, a young surgical resident with autism at the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Series’ hit on Netflix follows success of bank robbery movie with Highmore The vault, which climbed the streaming charts in the United States earlier in August.
FlixPatrol global data from Tuesday, August 24 shows that The good doctor ranks as the # 1 show on Netflix in the world, the series beating its fellow Top 3 External banks and The chair. The series currently ranks first among series in countries such as Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, among others. In the United States, however, the popularity of the series is not as strong. Currently, The good doctor isn’t on any of the streamer’s top 10 charts on Netflix US, where the charts are currently dominated by people like Nice girl, The Loud House Movie, and Manifesto, the canceled NBC series that the streamer is said to be currently set to save. The reason for the series’ failure to hit the charts in the United States comes down to the fact that The good doctor is not available on the US platform. On the contrary, American fans of the series can stream it on Hulu, where all four seasons are available.
The series’ streaming success comes as fans wait for more episodes. Even before the June 7 season 4 finale, ABC handed over The good doctor a fifth season renewal, the season to be broadcast as part of the network’s 2021-22 season. The renewal was pronounced due to the success of the series. The good doctor averaging around 8.4 million viewers per episode, with its fourth season topping ABC’s prime-time series this season. At the time of Season 5’s renewal, Season 4 was averaging a 1.3 rating in the key advertising demographic, tying the show at number four on the network.
With a returning cast that includes Highmore, Richard Schiff, Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper, Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee and Paige Spara, Season 5 will see three new series regulars – Noah Galvin and Bria Samoné Henderson, who spawned last season, and Osvaldo Benavides, who starred in the Season 4 finale. Dear Evan Hansen actress Rachel Bay Jones has also been confirmed to join Season 5 for a major recurring role, Deadline reported. The new additions come as the series gears up for Season 5 without two cast members. Nicholas Gonzalez, who played Dr Neil Melendez, left the series at the start of Season 4, with Dr Claire Browne’s Antonia Thomas leaving in the season finale.
The good doctor Season 5 is scheduled to air Monday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. You can view ABC’s full Fall 2021 schedule by clicking here. Stay tuned to PopCulture for the latest TV and streaming updates!