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'The Good Doctor' Knocks 'Big Bang Theory' Off Its Mighty Ratings Perch

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'The Good Doctor' Knocks 'Big Bang Theory' Off Its Mighty Ratings Perch

It's a strange phenomenon, The Big Bang Theory. Every time it's mentioned anywhere, there seems to be an outcry from people who would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard rather than watch it, but it still remains ridiculously popular.

The show premiered in 2007, celebrating its 10th anniversary on television this year - a feat no one really imagined it'd go on to achieve.

In fact, Big Bang has been a huge success for parent network CBS, having remained at the top of the ratings chart for quite sometime, but now it's been knocked off its perch, much to the delight of haters of the show.

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The Good Doctor, a show about a young surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, is already a hit on ABC after just three episodes.

Somehow, it has now become the most-watched show on US TV with 18.2 million viewers, Digital Spy reports. That also makes it the broadcast's most-watched Monday show in 21 years.

The show has also gained rave reviews from the only reliable critique site out there - Twitter.

Ok, that's a tongue-in-cheek comment, but the social media site does provide a good view of what really resonates with people, and this show certainly does that. The combination of being able to learn about something - autism in this context - and it in an entertaining way, is obviously a hit.

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Away from Twitter, though, on reliable film critic sites like Rotten Tomatoes, it doesn't fare so well. It currently has a 43 percent rating on there, while Variety described the show as 'overwrought or frustratingly simplistic'.

Anyway, you should never let anyone decide for you whether a show is good or not - either go and find out yourself, refuse to watch it, or be that person who annoyingly insists that their friends should watch it. You have to pick one.

Featured Image Credit: ABC/CBS

Topics: Big Bang Theory, US Entertainment

Mark McGowan
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