The X-Files was a hotly anticipated revival, but like any revival, the question still lingered as to whether there was genuine demand for new episodes, or whether nostalgia was fueling the excitement. Well, the numbers are in, and audiences very much wanted more Mulder and Scully.
The premiere was always going to do well; Fox slotted it right after the NFC Championship. Still, it surprised everyone with 16 million viewers day-of and 20 million total once you factor in DVR numbers. But just as telling is how the second episode, which aired the day after, did. It doubled the ratings of Fox’s usual genre entry, Gotham, with 10 million viewers and a 3.2 rating. Worldwide, the numbers are just as impressive; Fox is estimating that 50 million people have watched the series so far, and it hasn’t even debuted in a number of major markets yet, such as the UK and Australia.
Of course, this raises the question both on how the revival will do for the handful of episodes remaining, and where Fox will go next. There have been rumors of a spinoff and Fox reviving the flagship series for another season, and it seems likely that Fox will want more X-Files on their schedule. But for now, we’ll just enjoy what we’ve got left of the revival, and hope Mulder and Scully have more files to clear soon.