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).
Sunday’s premiere was up 28% in adults 18-49 (7.8/24) marking TV’s third-highest premiere this season in L3, behind The Walking Dead and Empire, according to Fox and Nielsen. The Sunday premiere also beat its original series finale (6.3/14 on May 19 ’02) by +24% among Adults 18-49. In L+3, it also marked the highest-rated post-NFL championship scripted telecast in 11 years since CBS’ Numb3rs in 2005. The Sunday premiere drew an average audience of 1.1 million in three days of streaming on Hulu and FOXNOW, bringing the show’s Live+3 multi-platform premiere audience to 21.4 million.