‘9-1-1’ Ratings Rise from First Week in Episode 2

by Jennifer Shea

Fox’s “9-1-1” saw higher ratings on the second Monday of its fifth season.

The series increased both its total viewers and its rating among adults. The former jumped from 5.08 million last week to 5.45 million in week two. And among adults 18-49, “9-1-1” went from 0.76 for its season premiere to 0.85 in week two, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“9-1-1” follows the professional and personal lives of a group of Los Angeles first responders. The show airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

‘9-1-1’ Season 5 Kicked Off with Citywide Blackout

In the Season 5 premiere, the first responders faced a series of ransomware attacks going after city computer systems, air traffic control towers and hospitals. Then they had to contend with a citywide blackout. The city’s air control tower went offline. Zoo animals ran loose through the streets. And that’s just for starters.

The blackout will continue for the first three episodes of the season, according to Newsweek.

At the same time, Athena is grappling with a family emergency. Maddie is experiencing worsening postpartum depression. Eddie has a health scare. And a new call center operator joins the crew.

Later in the season, viewers can expect more development of the Maddie’s-depression and Albert’s-transition-to-a-firefighter plot threads.

Series Creator Says Show Was Born Out of an Actual Emergency

“9-1-1” is the brainchild of Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Showrunner Minear told the New York Times earlier this year that the show’s creation was “astonishingly casual.” But it was born out of a real-life emergency.

Murphy’s youngest son, at the time 18 months old, started struggling to breathe one evening. So Murphy called 9-1-1, and the first responders who showed up stuck around until his toddler recovered.

The following day, Murphy called Dana Walden, who was then a co-chief executive of Fox Television Group.

“I was talking about these people who came to my house and how impressed I was with them and how caring they were,” Murphy told the Times. “I just said to her, ‘Wouldn’t it be a great procedural?’”

The series – like its spinoff, “9-1-1 Lone Star” – often deals in outlandish emergencies. And both series’ writers’ rooms reportedly have binders full of bad ideas that never even made it onto the air. Never mind the bad ideas that did make it into actual episodes.

Still, “9-1-1” also traffics in more pedestrian events. Indeed, those have provided some of the show’s most powerful storylines.

“If I make you think twice before you step on an escalator at the mall, I have done my job,” Minear said.