Fox picks up 9-1-1, the new procedural from producer Ryan Murphy, for another season. Procedurals remain to be highly popular with long-running series like CBS’ Criminal Minds, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and the multi-division Chicago franchise doing solid numbers for their respective networks. With 9-1-1 boasting a thrilling premise and the team that brought us hit projects like American Horror Story and American Crime Story, viewers were obviously curious to know what the show is about and how it will differ from other similar small screen offerings that have come before it.
The show, which debuted just two weeks ago, follows the lives of Los Angeles first responders as they continue to risk their lives to fulfill their respective duties whenever called upon. Spearheaded by TV veterans Angela Bassett as LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant, Peter Krause as LAFD Captain Bobby Nash, and Connie Britton as 911 operator Abbie Clark, 9-1-1 has all the elements needed for a hit TV series. Fox realizes this early on resulting in the show already renewed for a sophomore season.
Variety reports that Fox has officially ordered a second serving of 9-1-1. In the report, Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group, expressed their excitement over what lies ahead in the series given the potential it has to be the network’s very own long-running procedural:
“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again. They have tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and reimagined the procedural as only they could, bringing it to life with a dream team of actors led by Angela, Peter and Connie. This is storytelling at its best and we’re so pleased that it’s resonated with our audience. We’d like to thank everyone involved with this production for their stellar work, and we look forward to another thrilling season of ‘9-1-1.’”
The fact that Fox greenlit a full second just barely three episodes out in its freshman year is a testament to the network’s confidence in Murphy and his team’s ability to produce hit-after-hit series. It also helps that 9-1-1 is performing solid audience numbers with its premiere drawing more than 15 million viewers in its first week via multi-platform viewing. According to the network, this is the largest viewership for a primer since 2015’s Empire (excluding Super Bowl debuts). Its good start continued on its second episode with 11.6 million people watching in a span of three days, again on various viewing channels.
As procedurals go, the series continues this week with a brand new narrative to tell. In only its third episode titled “Next of Kin,” Bobby and his team respond to an emergency at a children’s birthday party, making it trickier for them considering many people are involved in the crisis. With multiple lives hanging in the balance, the squad dives in and gets to work. Meanwhile, Athena struggles with a case-at-hand that is hitting too close to home.
9-1-1 airs every Wednesday night, 9 pm EST on Fox.
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