Yes! The X-Files came back with a vengeance, smashing all its previous records. It was helped, of course, by the NFL playoffs on Sunday night, but Monday night it showed its staying power. The truth is out there — and it’s this: X-Files, we love you! Check out this roundup of ratings articles:
The X-Files is looking strong in Live+3. Sunday’s premiere of Fox’s revival starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson grew to 20.3 million viewers in L+3, surpassing the original series’ most-watched Season 5 (19.8 million in 1997-1998). Full article>>
Entertainment Weekly: It’s no fluke; Monday night’s ratings were huge too.
Monday’s second episode delivered startlingly large numbers too: 9.7 million viewers – and this is the really impressive part – a 3.2 rating among adults 18–49. That’s from airing 8 p.m. last night, so there was no lead-in (unlike Sunday’s debut which had a run-up with the big NFC championship game). In fact, in its new regular time slot X-Files crushed CBS’ Supergirl (1.8 rating) and ABC’s The Bachelor (2.3 rating), and was the highest-rated broadcast program of the night. Full article>>
The Hollywood Reporter: X-Files biggest premier to date, second only to Empire.
The special, post-NFL outing of the event series is averaging 20.3 million viewers and a massive 7.8 rating among adults 18-49 now that initial live-plus-three day ratings are in. That makes it broadcast’s second-biggest scripted episode of the season, shy of Empire‘s sophomore premiere, and the highest-rated post-NFL conference championship episode of a scripted series in more than a decade. Full article>>
The pent-up passion for this series erupted this week–aided by numerous appearances at Comic-Cons and fan events this past year, most notably New York Comic Con. Let’s hope the enthusiasm for this great series will last for quite a while.
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