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Time delayed viewing shows how 'The Good Doctor' is a hit

ABC's new drama about a surgeon on the autism scale, "The Good Doctor," is a bona fide hit, and it takes a little time to recognize the magnitude.

Last week's episode was the most popular show on the network, the Nielsen company said.

A look at newly released Nielsen data for "The Good Doctor" and other programs illustrates the extent to which television viewers make their own schedules now. An estimated 11.3 million people watched the drama's debut on Sept. 25, but that number swelled by 69 percent — to 19.2 million — when you add in the people who saw it on a delayed basis within seven days.

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