‘The X-Files’ returns to huge numbers

If you make them …they will watch?

The expectation was: bring back a show like The X-Files, a cultural phenomenon back in the day, and enough people will watch that it’ll make it worthwhile. It won’t be a breakaway hit, but it’s at least something you don’t have to spend too much time and money to develop. A known entity, if you will.

It happened with 24, after all.

But the ratings for The X-Files two night premiere event are now in, and someone at FOX must be kicking themselves right about now. Only six episodes? Why?

After all, the first episode, with the NFC Championship as a lead-in debuted to huge numbers: a whopping 16.2 million viewers, and a 6.1 rating. Monday’s episode, in what will be the revival’s time-slot drew a less impressive but still pretty good 9.7 million viewers and a 3.2 rating. That’s better than any of FOX’s new series debuts this season, and it beat both Supergirl and The Bachelor to become the highest-rated broadcast program of the night.

Most importantly for FOX, the revival helped give the new supernatural drama Lucifier a strong launch. The series premiered to 7.1 million viewers and a 2.4 rating, making it the night’s second-highest rated show.

What does this mean for the future of The X-Files? Well, Chris Carter did hint last week that the ratings would decide if they went ahead with more episodes or not. And with these kind of numbers, we can surely expect to see much more of Mulder and Scully.

The X-Files airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

Lissete Lanuza Sáenz

Co-Executive Editor

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