As we prepare for the 9-1-1 season 2 premiere on Fox Sunday night, what should we be expecting in terms of the ratings?
Going into the premiere episode, one thing is fairly clear: This show was one of the network’s biggest hits when it aired earlier this year. It averaged a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and over 6 million live viewers — for a network like Fox, this is the sort of performance that it should be very much proud of. There aren’t many other shows these days on this network that are getting numbers that are anywhere close to this. What was most impressive was that this show was performing this well despite only a limited window of promotion and it being announced not all that long, at least via most TV standards, before the premiere aired.
Moving into season 2, meanwhile, 9-1-1 feels actually set up to be more of a hit. Its premiere episode is airing Sunday after an NFL game, and because of that our personal expectation is that we’re going to see the series pull in somewhere close to a 2.0 rating at the very least. There’s going to be a small bump because of the lead-in, and then to go along with that you’re also going to have the core audience from season 1 watching plus maybe some Jennifer Love Hewitt fans excited about her joining the series.
After the premiere, 9-1-1 will shift to its new timeslot Mondays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. This is not the slot where season 1 aired and there is some competition in between Magnum PI, Dancing with the Stars, and The Voice. If we were Fox, we’d temper expectations to around a 1.5 given that you also have Monday Night Football to think about. In reality, all 9-1-1 really needs to be successful is for the series to average over a 1.2. If it does that, and continues to get positive reviews, we have a hard time thinking that it is going to be going anywhere in the near future.
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