HEALTHY GROWTH: SUDDENLY THERE’S A SURGE IN CANADIAN MEDICAL SHOWS HITTING THE AIR

Maybe it’s because of universal health care, or that our own waiting rooms and walk-in clinics are so crowded, but Canadians seem to have a fever right now for hospital-based TV shows.

Natasha Calis as Ashley Collins in the new Global TV drama “Nurses.” CORUS ENTERTAINMENT

Maybe it’s because of universal health care, or that our own waiting rooms and walk-in clinics are so crowded, but Canadians seem to have a fever right now for hospital-based TV shows.

The ABC import “The Good Doctor,” starring Freddie Highmore as a young autistic surgeon with savant syndrome, is now the most-watched series in English Canada. This season, it has been drawing close to 2.5 million viewers a week on CTV, according to ratings-gatherer Numeris.

Other medical shows such as “New Amsterdam,” “The Resident” and even 16-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” are enjoying healthy ratings.

Since, as radio wit Fred Allen once quipped, “Imitation is the sincerest form of television,” Canadian programmers have taken note. This week alone has seen the premiere of “Nurses” on Global and the return of “Coroner” on CBC. Coming soon: the launch of “Transplant” on CTV. There’s even a new B.C.-based YouTube series from established pros lampooning the genre — “Hospital Show” stars Sara Canning and Adrian Holmes as actors forever tongue-tied when it comes to spitting out medical terms.

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