Cancellation Watch: The X-Files Has a Huge Debut After Football, Will FOX Order More Eps? Plus the Weekly Ratings Roundup

x-files-revivalFOX’s X-Files revival debuted to huge numbers on Sunday, pulling a staggering 6.1 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 16.2 million total viewers (I believe those are the final finals, as that’s the third set of numbers I have seen).  Those are the best ratings we have seen in years for a scripted show on the broadcast networks not named Empire and definitely indicate a strong start for the revival series.  Of course, it had the NFL Championship game as its lead-in which always inflates the numbers (thus the reason the networks air something in the post-game hour every year).  The ratings for Monday night’s airing of the second X-Files episode (in its regular Monday 10 PM EST timeslot) will not be available until later this morning and will be more telling as to where the show stands.  I expect the numbers to drop by half or even more, but if it still pulls north of a 2.5 score that counts as a huge hit for FOX this season.  And if that is the case, the next question is will we get more episodes after this season’s six part “limited run”?  It’s hard to say for sure, but I can tell you that FOX will definitely want the show to continue if the ratings remain high.  They could try to do a similar limited run event each year in order to work in with the schedules of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, or I had also heard that this series might be setting up an X-Files: The Next Generation scenario. Read the full article at our partner site CancelledSciFi.com.