The X-Files “My Struggle” shatters all Ratings Expectations
Editorial by WALT FRASIER @waltfrasier on twitter
The X-Files buzz online has been a great indication that last night’s revival would be well watched. But I do not think anyone expected “My Struggle” to surpass the 1993 pilot in viewership, but it did.
Back in 1993, the still relatively baby FOX network was ecstatic over The X-Files pilot being viewed by 12 million. (NUMBERS via WIKI here). Reviewing stats over at WIKI all of the 1 season was watched by 8-11 million viewers. Only the last 3-4 episodes of season one hit 13-14 million viewers.
Back in 1993, there 4 major networks and a small handful of independents (precursors of CW etc) producing original content like Star Trek spin offs, Hercules and Xena. At the time we did not have hundreds of networks producing original programming. This was long before The Sopranos inspired era of cable produced dramas and horrible reality shows dominating the ratings war.
Lately a cable series with 1 million viewers can be considered a success. Hannibal barely got a third season. If not for critical acclaim and recognition of after market potential, the NBC summer show – and numerous similar examples – would have been tanked long ago.
So how did we do last night?
The X-Files “My Struggle” beat everyone except for the Football game and post show.
According to numbers posted by TV BY THE NUMBERS The X-Files My Struggle posted a 13.47 million viewership. Consider all those that could not watch live last night, I predict as many as 20 million for the 7-day total, a much more important movie in the age of On-Demand and DVR viewing.
NCIS could not hit 6 million at same time. Agent Carter under 2. NFL posted 20 million for post game and 40 million for the championship game. While fans cursed their DVR issues cause by the latter we can celebrate the bumped by following the sports event.
But it is not time to sit back and celebrate.
Rather it is time for all fans to rally the troupe to keep these numbers going the next 5 Mondays.
If we continue to do our job as fans, we can demand the producers do their job and give us MORE MORE MORE – (Insert evil laugh – VAL?)
I will be doing my job – pulling my weight, DVRing Supergirl as I live tweet X-Files. FOUNDER’s MUTATION TONIGHT
These ratings will give producers leverage with ad sales, which will provide the budgets for bigger an better X-Files in the future.
Who needs #XF3 when we can have X-Files Seasons 11, 12, 13…. Chris Carter can plan a 4-5 season arc (2016 included) with a finish we can all be happy with, Breaking Bad Style.
I expect to see lots more of our iconic Mulder and Scully, and the rest of the gang.
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 Rating/Share||Viewers (millions)|
|7 p.m.||NFC Championship (FOX) (7-10 p.m.)||14.3/37||40.69|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||2.0/5||10.13|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R||0.8/3||4.44|
|8 p.m.||60 Minutes (CBS)||1.2/3||8.37|
|Movie – Bridesmaids (NBC) (8-11 p.m.)||0.9/3||2.74|
|9 p.m.||Madam Secretary (CBS) – R||0.7/2||5.22|
|Agent Carter (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – R||0.4/1||1.43|
|10 p.m.||NFL Postgame (FOX)||7.7/22||20.64|
|NCIS (CBS) – R||0.8/2||5.86|
|10:30 p.m.||The X-Files (FOX) (10:30-11 p.m. only) – P||5.1/17||13.47|