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.

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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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