UPDATED: Just 10 days ago, Fox chairman Gary Newman said they would “absolutely” do a second installment of the X-Files revival if they could make everyone’s schedules work. Two episodes into the X-Files‘ six-episode run, the network could be already looking into that as the cult 1990s drama has returned strong and has helped successfully launch a new Fox drama, Lucifer.
Following a highly rated start behind the NFC Championship game (6.1 adults 18-49 rating, 16.2 million viewers in Live+same day), The X-Files lost almost half of the premiere demo rating in its transition to its regular Monday 8 PM berth but it still opened the night with no lead-in to a potent 3.2 18-49 rating and 9.6 million viewers. That was just shy of Gotham‘s 3.3 18-49 premiere rating, the second-biggest Fox series opener of the last two seasons in Live+same day only behind Empire.
The X-Files served as a launch pad for the series debut of Lucifer, which did a solid 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers, tying Rosewood as Fox’s highest-rated series launch this season in Live+same day. Both shows outperformed every episode this season of the Fox shows they replaced, Gotham (X-Files, only temporary) and Minority Report (Lucifer). With a stronger lead-in, Lucifer more than doubled Minority Report‘s premiere (1.1). Seeing how well Lucifer launched with an instantly recognizable title, maybe Fox may be having second thoughts about changing the moniker of fellow midseason drama from Frankenstein to Lookinglass and ultimately Second Chance.
The arrival of The X-Files had little impact on CBS’ Supergirl (1.8), which held steady in the demo, but pushed down the NBC 8-9 PM comedy block, with Superstore (1.4) and Telenovela (0.9) both slipping two tenths from last week. Superstore was adjusted up in the finals to a 1.5, a tenth off last week.
Also off by two tenths was CBS’ Scorpion (1.8), which faced stronger Fox competition in Lucifer. It also was adjusted up in the finals to a 1.9. Meanwhile, NBC’s The Biggest Loser (1.2) ticked up two tenths to match its highest result this season posted by the premiere. At 10 PM, CBS’ NCIS: LA (1.5) was off by a tenth.
The CW comedies Jane The Virgin (0.4) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3) returned from hiatus to their usual ratings levels despite a string of awards wins for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom.
Fox won the night in 18-49 (2.8), while CBS was tops in total viewers (9.5 million).