That frustrating feeling when your DVR records football instead of #XFiles ????????
— Charlotte Cramer (@charcram) January 25, 2016
— Tim Bajkiewicz (@mediacabbage) January 25, 2016
— Q107 Toronto (@Q107Toronto) January 25, 2016
Clearly the Smoking Man and his cronies were behind this conspiracy to force millions of people to watch football. #xfiles
— Steve Kemple (@stevekemple) January 25, 2016
However fans felt about the first episode, once it aired, Fox has to be happy with the turnout. The numbers are still coming in, but here's Entertainment Weekly's early assessment:
"Nielsen's early returns for Sunday's heavily marketed debut are still sketchy — they need to be "time zone-adjusted" since the sci-fi drama got off to a late start on the East Coast (beginning at 10:24 p.m.). But even if you ignore the inflated first half hour and just look at 10:30 to 11 p.m. on the preliminary national chart, X-Files reportedly had 13.5 million viewers and a big 5.1 rating among adults 18–49."
That's pretty darn good -- even if it ends up adjusted down a bit. A quick look at past "X-Files" premieres shows Season 1 debuted to 12 million viewers, followed by 16 million in Season 2, just under 20 million for Season 3, 21 million in Season 4, a whopping 27 million for Season 5, 20 million for Season 6, just under 18 million for Season 7, just under 16 million for Season 8, and just over 10 million for Season 9. That final season premiere was in November 2001, so it's impressive that 13 million of us STILL want to believe.
The new "X-Files" moves into its new timeslot tonight, Monday, January 25, with Episode 2, "Founder's Mutation," airing at 8 p.m. on Fox. Will you be there to see what happens next?
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