The procedural drama 9-1-1 from Fox topped the Monday primetime slot this week, drawing approximately 6.13 million viewers. The show had an audience share of 1.5, which beat NBC’s The Voice in the same time slot.
This marks a positive change for Fox as a channel after Thursday night football ratings for the channel dropped to a season low last week, with a total drop of about 20% in total audience. Despite the decrease in viewership for sports programs, Fox’s narrative programming has been taking center stage in this fall season. A recent article from Deadline notes how Fox finally seems to be finding its scripted tentpole series, rather than the network’s past focus on unscripted content. In addition to 9-1-1, the serial killer drama Prodigal Son has been drawing in significant viewership and recently received and increased series order of 22 episodes. Fox seems to be looking for more hit dramas like Prodigal Son and 9-1-1, and earlier this month picked up a new mystery drama series titled The Service.
The show 9-1-1, which follows the intense stories of first responders to disaster, has had its success as a series recognized recently with Fox confirming a spinoff series titled 9-1-1: Lone Star. The series, which will take place in Austin, Texas, will star Rob Lowe as a single father and firefighter trying to save people and balance his own problems in his life. The Texan 9-1-1 spinoff made news earlier this month when the show confirmed it would be casting actor Brian Michael Smith, making it one of only a few television shows in history to feature a transgender actor playing a transgender character. The cast of the show will also feature Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain and Ronen Rubinstein. The series is scheduled to premiere January 19th, 2020 on Fox.