Does primetime television need another medical drama?
It appears so. Of the two hot newcomers to appear on NBC’s slate this fall, only one has definitely been renewed. It happens to be Universal TV’s hospital drama New Amsterdam, the second highest-rated scripted series of the season in the 18-49 demographic. It is one slot behind Manifest, whose renewal status is still up in the air (and still doesn’t have a UK broadcaster).
How hot are the ratings?
According to Deadline, New Amsterdam pulls an average rating of 2.5 amongst adults 18-29 and 11.9 million viewers overall in Live+7 Nielsens.
Looking at the Live+Same Day numbers, New Amsterdam consistently tops the Tuesday 10pm ET time slot. It remains undefeated by competitors for 12 out of 12 episodes to date.
What is New Amsterdam about?
New Amsterdam is a hospital procedural inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital. Manheimer worked as the director of the Manhattan hospital for fifteen years. Founded in 1736, Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the United States and the first to have a maternity ward—historical facts that are honoured in the series.
The series stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as Doctor Max Goodwin, a charming and good-hearted physician who is hellbent on improving New Amsterdam Hospital’s broken system. He works double time to restructure management, provide unparalleled care for patients, and simply breathe new life into the understaffed hospital. Goodwin strives to inspire his co-workers, who are played by Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.
Manheimer produces the series alongside Horton. David Schulner writes and executive produces whilst Kate Dennis directed and executive produced the pilot. The series is produced by Universal TV, Pico Creek Productions, and Mount Moriah.
The series premiered in the US on NBC on September 25, 2018. In October, NBC announced an additional 9 episodes, resulting in an epic 22-episode first season.
Why do we love New Amsterdam?
Based on a compelling memoir, the series brings true stories to life. It takes large themes head-on, weaving topics like race and ethics into the narrative. Plus, there’s a romance or two in there for ER and Grey’s Anatomy fans searching for a follow-up series.
NBC Entertainment Scripted Programming Co-Presidents Liza Katz and Tracey Pakosta believe the cast is the reason for the show’s consistent strong ratings.
“We’ve been so excited to see how much audiences have embraced Dr. Max Goodwin and all the characters that make New Amsterdam such an incredibly compelling medical series,” they told Deadline.
“It’s way more character-driven,” actor Tyler Labine confirms in an interview with E! Even the hospital is “a very detailed, well-fleshed out character in the show,” British actress Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sense8, Law & Order: UK) adds about New Amsterdam Hospital.
Is there a trailer?
Yes — and it ends with a twist! Check it out below.
Watching New Amsterdam in the UK
Although it seems like exactly the type of show one could expect to find on Sky, New Amsterdam is actually available through Amazon Prime Video. The show’s first 13 episodes were made available to UK Prime subscribers on February 8th, 2019.
Strangely, it appears that Amazon has batch-released the first half of Series 1 and intends to do the same with the second half (releasing the last episodes sometime in May 2019). We’re not sure why Amazon is abandoning the usual formula of an episode-by-episode release closely following the US release date for each instalment. Nor does there seem to be a logical explanation out there.