‘The X-Files’ premiere breaks worldwide ratings records with more than 50 million viewers


The two-night premiere celebrating the return of “The X-Files” to FOX set new worldwide ratings records with more than 50 million viewers in the first three days. Here are some highlights:

  • The premiere delivered an impressive 20.3 million Total Viewers (Live+3) in the U.S., a 25 percent increase in Total Viewers vs Live+SD (16.2 million viewers) and surpassing the original series’ most-watched season (19.8 million average in Season 5).
  • The show’s 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.
  • New ratings records were set across FOX channels in Europe, including FOX Finland (ep. 1), FOX Serbia (ep. 1) and FOX Poland (ep. 2), where the show appeared as the most watched episode ever on the FOX channel. In Italy and The Netherlands, “The X-Files” ranked as one of the most successful premieres in FOX history.

Upcoming premieres in the U.K., Germany, France, Australia and India are expected to add millions more viewers above the running worldwide total.

For more details about the ratings news for “The X-Files,” read FOX’s official announcement.

An all-new episode of “The X-Files” airs tonight on FOX at 8 p.m. EST/PST.