Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’ Roars on ABC with Record-Breaking Premiere

The transition of 9-1-1 to ABC has ignited a ratings frenzy, showcasing the series’ formidable appeal on its new network. The Season 7 premiere, paying homage to the iconic disaster film “The Poseidon Adventure,” has captured the attention of viewers across ABC, Hulu, and digital platforms, accumulating a staggering 8.85 million viewers within three days of its release.

This remarkable surge reflects an astounding 80% increase from the live+same-day audience, firmly establishing the episode as the most-watched multi-platform installment since November 8, 2022.

Notably, the premiere has achieved a streaming milestone, drawing in 2.4 million viewers across various platforms, with Hulu witnessing its highest streaming day ever on March 15.


In terms of ratings dominance, the ABC drama soared to a remarkable 1.84 among the coveted 18-49 demographic, marking its highest-rated telecast in nearly two years.

The Season 7 premiere’s live+same-day viewership of 4.93 million viewers, though marginally higher than its Season 6 counterpart, signals a promising start, boasting a 5% increase over the Season 6 average.

Having spent six successful seasons on Fox before transitioning to ABC, “9-1-1” seamlessly integrates into the network’s lineup, complementing shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19.” Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, the series offers a compelling portrayal of L.A.’s first responders, featuring a stellar cast including Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The resounding success of “9-1-1” on ABC not only underscores its enduring popularity but also heralds a triumphant reunion for Murphy with Disney Entertainment Co-Chairman Dana Walden, reaffirming his creative prowess within the television landscape.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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