Production on 911 season 2 is going to get started a little bit later this month, but before filming begins, why not have a little bit of a conversation in regards to the series’ long-term future? To be specific, how high should some of our hopes be for a second season in terms of the ratings?
We do think that almost everything has been lifted based, in part, on how the show performed for Fox after its first go-around on the air. We didn’t have huge expectations for the show going into the season 1 premiere, since production almost came out of nowhere and it didn’t have the same amount of time in order to be promoted as some other series. Yet, it did have a great cast including Connie Britton and Angela Bassett, and that helped the series get off to a great start.
Unfortunately, the biggest hardship entering the second season of 911 is fairly clear: There is not going to be regular appearances from Britton as a regular. Abby left at the end of season 1 and while there is a chance that she comes back in the future, there is also far from a guarantee. Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking her place and we do have some curiosity as to how she is going to fare in this particular role. It’s been a minute since Hewitt was on TV and there could be interest because of that. Of course, there’s probably going to be interest in the rest of the show just because the first season was so well-received.
The average rating for season 1 of 911 was a 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic, which is pretty incredible for a series airing in 2018. It’s with that, plus the relatively small episode order in mind for season 1 (which means that viewers may catch up over the summer), that we wouldn’t be shocked to see season 2 average around a 1.8 or so. There’s not too much heavy competition when you look at some other spots on the schedule, save for maybe CBS’ new Magnum PI reboot. These are two shows competing for a similar audience but we think there could end up being a place for both of them.
As for the other shows, Dancing with the Stars and The Voice are each starting to fade, while Legends of Tomorrow is more of a comic-book crowd. While there is a danger sometimes with shows moving, we don’t think it will be the case here.
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