The X-Files News – ‘Return Ratings Blow Away 2002 Finale!’

By: Donna Cohrs
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The return ratings of The X-Files, have blown away the old ratings from the 2002 finale! Did you think they wouldn’t? Personnally, I knew they would be great! The show is performing great, and has been long awaited by serious fans. The series, which was scheduled right after Fox’s broadcast of the NFC Championship game on last Sunday night, brought in a viewership of 16.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. That includes an impressive 7.8 million viewers with those in the prized advertising demographic of 18 to 49 years old.

The first night-of viewership for the episode was strong. It showed a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.2 million viewers. With the time-shifting now added, the kick-off of The X-Files‘ six-part return actually did better than the 2002 series finale. (That pre-DVR-era episode averaged a 6.3 rating in the key demo.) The X-Files also added 1.1 million viewers on Hulu.

EW says, “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. 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. X-Files creator Chris Carter previously expressed confidence that Fox would order more episodes beyond this six-hour revival run if the ratings were strong. Fox likely wants to see how the remaining episodes perform, but this is a terrific start on a network that’s struggled all season to find a breakout fresh title. In fact, the X-Files’ second episode back just performed better than any of Fox’s new series debuts this season.” If you want the ‘truth’, this is FOX’s biggest new hit show, and its 23 years old!

THE X-FILES: L-R: Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis. The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Frank Ockenfels/FOX

THE X-FILES: L-R: Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Frank Ockenfels/FOX

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