9:50am PT by Rick Porter
'New Amsterdam' Picked Up for Full Season on NBC
NBC has picked up nine additional episodes of its first-year drama New Amsterdam, making it the first new series of the fall to get a full-season order.
The back-nine order comes three episodes into the show's season, where it's put up solid ratings so far. It's averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 — the second-highest among any new series thus far this season, behind only fellow NBC drama Manifest — and about 7.6 million viewers in Nielsen's live plus same-day numbers.
With a week of delayed viewing, New Amsterdam's series premiere grew by 78 percent in adults 18-49 (1.8 to 3.2) and 68 percent in viewers (8.4 million to 14.1 million). The total-viewer lift of 5.7 million is the third largest ever for a series debut on NBC, behind Manifest (8 million) and Blindspot (5.9 million).
"It's thrilling to come out of the gate this season with a series that has resonated so well with audiences. The show hits the sweet spot of the NBC brand — positivity, emotion and incredible storytelling," said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents, scripted programming at NBC Entertainment. "A huge thank you to our fantastic cast, executive producers, Universal Television and everyone who has worked so hard in getting the show off to such a terrific start."
New Amsterdam stars Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, the new head of a huge hospital in New York who aims to cut through bureaucracy and put the focus back on patient care. The cast also includes Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.
David Schulner created the Universal TV series and executive produces with Peter Horton, pilot director Kate Dennis and Dr. Eric Manheimer, whose book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital is the basis for the show.