Why the ‘9-1-1’/’Lone Star’ Crossover Should Bring a Tidal Wave of Viewers to Fox (and Hulu)

Tony Maglio
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Tim Minear’s worlds will collide when Fox’s “9-1-1” and “9-1-1: Lone Star” finally cross over on Monday. It should be a good night for Fox, ratings-wise. Last week, the dramas — created by showrunner Minear along with executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — drove Fox to its most-watched Monday night in five years. (Fox, like The CW, only nationally programs a two-hour primetime window on weeknights, typically leaving 10 p.m. for local news. CBS, NBC, ABC and others nationally program 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) The Season 4 premiere for the original “9-1-1” averaged 10.7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s Live + 7 Day ratings, and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, which is the demographic most sought-after by advertisers on entertainment programming. The “9-1-1” spinoff’s second-season start drew 9.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating. Sure, that eyeball tally is a little less than its lead-in, but the Season 2 premiere marked “9-1-1: Lone Star’s” most-watched episode ever — if you exclude a post-NFL airing. Also Read: '9-1-1'/'Lone Star' Crossover Will Feature 'Epic' Storyline for T.K. and Buck, Ronen Rubinstein Says Both hours also ended up being big hits on Hulu, additional viewership that is...

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