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Fox Opens February on a Winning Note

Likelihood of 'The X-Files' Revival Continuing Past This Season is a Given

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Monday, February 1 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 7.18 million, CBS: 7.05, ABC: 6.30, NBC: 3.47, CW: 1.03

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.3 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.8/ 6, CBS: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW; 0.4/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.67 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 6.70 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 4.88 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#4)

Fox – The X-Files
Viewers: 8.28 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#1)

CW – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 1.18 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.37 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 6.69 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Telenovela
Viewers: 3.05 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

Fox – The X-Files
Viewers: 8.28 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#1)

CW – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 1.18 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.38 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Scorpion (R)
Viewers: 7.27 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 3.19 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lucifer
Viewers: 6.21 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

CW – Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 1.06 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.33 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Scorpion (R)
Viewers: 7.29 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 3.25 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lucifer
Viewers: 5.78 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

CW – Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 995,000(#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Bachelor Live
Viewers: 4.57 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 7.19 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2)

NBC – The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 3.12 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Bachelor Live
Viewers: 3.48 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 7.19 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

NBC – The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 3.34 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 1 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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    ABC Monday Prime (8-11pm – 6.3 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): ABC ran a strong second on Monday in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6), closing the gap by 4-tenths week to week with Fox’s Monday dramas (The X-Files/Lucifer = 2.3/7), outdelivering CBS by 38% (1.3/4) and beating NBC’s original lineup by 80% (1.0/3). The Network won Monday in Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), while taking the broadcast lead with Teens 12-17. Please Note: Local-news break-ins potentially occurred throughout the night for coverage of the Iowa caucus results.

    · The Bachelor was Monday’s #1 TV series for the 5th week in a row in Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49) and finished as the #2 show of the night in Adults 18-49, behind only The X-Files.

    The Bachelor (8-10pm – 7.4 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): From 8-10pm, ABC’s The Bachelor was the most-watched TV show (7.4 million) in its 2-hour time period, while also winning in Adults 18-34 and across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).

    · The Bachelor held steady week to week in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7 vs. 2.3/7), coming within 1-tenth of the prior week’s season high. In addition, the show tied season highs with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-49.

    The Bachelor Live (10-11pm – 4.0 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s The Bachelor Live continued to outdraw the final hour of NBC’s 2-hour The Biggest Loser in Total Viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.2 million) and tied it with Adults 18-49 (1.0/3). The Bachelor Live took the broadcast lead in the hour with Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), holding the #1 position for the 5th week in a row with Women 18-34.



    Monday Primetime Results:

    “Superstore” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 100% of last week’s 1.4 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings in adults 18-49 and 93% of last week’s 1.5 in official nationals.

    · Is one of only two shows on the Big 4 last night to equal its week-ago 18-49 rating in these fast-affiliate figures (“Bachelor Live,” 1.0 vs. 1.0).

    · Will add substantial viewership with time-shifting and VOD — to date, “Superstore” has grown by +26% in L+7 vs. L+SD in 18-49 rating (from a 1.75 to a 2.21) and 1.1 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 7.3 million).

    · Upscale: “Superstore generates a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 112 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

    “Telenovela” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET):

    · Finishes within 0.1 of last week’s 0.9 in 18-49 and retains 93% week to week in total viewers (3.047 million vs. 3.292 million).

    · Will add significant viewership with time-shifting and VOD — “Telenovela” has increased by +22% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.23 to a 1.50) and 805,000 viewers overall (4.5 million to 5.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: “Telenovela” has generated a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 117 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes

    “The Biggest Loser 17” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET):

    · For its second hour from 10-11 p.m., tied for #2 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and tied for #1 in women 18-34.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Loser” has increased by +38% this season going from L+SD to L+7 in 18-49 (1.14 to 1.57) and by 1.2 million viewers overall (3.7 million to 4.9 million).

    · Upscale: “Loser” delivers a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 117 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing: “Superstore,” 2.3 rating in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall; “Telenovela,” 1.2, 4.0 million; “Biggest Loser,” 1.5, 4.7 million.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.2/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    For the Week:

    · NBC has tied for #2 in adults 18-49 for the primetime ratings week of Jan. 18-24, averaging a 1.2 rating, 4 share in 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research.

    · Pacing NBC’s week were top-30 rankings among primetime programs on the Big 4 in adults 18-49 for Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire” (tied for #10), Tuesday’s “Chicago Med” (tied for #12), Thursday’s “Blacklist” (tied for #15), Monday’s “Superstore” (tied for #19), Friday’s “Dateline NBC” (tied for #21), Sunday’s “American Ninja Warrior” special (tied for #21) and Thursday’s “Shades of Blue” (tied for #28).

    · Through the opening 19 weeks of the 2015-16 season, NBC ranks #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and all other key demos (including a tie in men 18-34), while placing #2 in total viewers.

    · NBC’s total-viewer average of 9.088 million is the network’s highest at this point in a season without a Super Bowl boost since 2006-07 (9.8 million).


    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    Fox 2.2/7, 2.8 million

    CBS 1.2/4, 1.6 million

    NBC 1.2/4, 1.5 million

    ABC 1.1/4, 1.3 million

    CW 0.7/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    Fox 2.7/7, 3.2 million

    CBS 1.8/5, 2.1 million

    NBC 1.6/4, 1.8 million

    ABC 1.3/4, 1.6 million

    CW 0.8/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers


    CBS 2.5/7, 7.5 million

    Fox 2.3/6, 6.8 million

    NBC 1.7/5, 4.9 million

    ABC 1.3/4, 3.9 million

    CW 0.6/2, 1.9 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers


    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    NBC 2.5/8, 3.2 million

    CBS 2.3/8, 2.9 million

    Fox 2.1/7, 2.7 million

    ABC 1.8/6, 2.3 million

    CW 0.7/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    NBC 3.2/9, 3.8 million

    CBS 3.1/9, 3.6 million

    Fox 2.5.7, 3.0 million

    ABC 2.3/6, 2.7 million

    CW 0.8/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers


    CBS 3.7/10, 11.0 million

    NBC 3.1/8, 9.1 million

    ABC 2.3/6, 6.7 million

    Fox 2.2/6, 6.5 million

    CW 0.6/2, 1.9 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    NOTE: Monday primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.


    Last night’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND hit a series high in total viewers (1.04M), A18-49 (0.4/1), and W18-49 (0.5/1), and matched its series high in A18-34 (0.4/1).

    Week to week, CEG was up +17% in total viewers, +33% in A18-34 and +33% in A18-49.

    At 9pm, JANE THE VIRGIN also rose week to week, +4% in total viewers (1.04M) and +33% in A18-34 (0.4/1), and held even in A18-49 (0.4/1) and W18-34 (0.5/2).

    For the night, The CW was up +10% in total viewers over last week (1.03M) and +33% in A18-49 (0.4/1), and even in A18-34 (0.3/1).

    • Wow, the fact that 1.04 million viewers is a series high for CEG really says something about the CW’s lack of success.

      I know the show gets awards and good reviews, but can they really be making any money off of this?

      • The CW has already ordered six pilots for next year and when you only have ten hours of programming to fill a week, that’s quite a bit. Maybe CEG and Jane can go to the summers where expectations are lower.

        • Six is very few given CW’s needs, (which is pretty much to replace everything!)

          But their strategy of renewing everything wholesale came back and predictably bit them hard.

          Well done Mr Pedowitz. I’m sure they’ll give you another big bonus fora job well done… 🙁

      • Seconded TVisME. 🙂

        They can’t be making money. At least the company ponying up the money can’t. The people making it are if you catch my drift.

  4. The Knight Rider revival was huge–then it wasn’t.

    The Dallas revival was huge–then it wasn’t.

    The Bionic Woman was huge–noticing a trend here?

    Nostalgia can work, but it never works for very long.

    Fox would be really stupid to think they’ve got a long-term thing here.

    • I think that X-Files will be better, with regards to ratings, than those you mention. However, I am not sure that it will maintain a number that will make them want to do another mini-season. However, as desperate as Fox and other networks are for any kind of decent ratings, another season would not surprise me.

      • FOX was smart to only do 6 episodes. If they keep it to 6 episode mini-seasons perhaps they can make it work for a couple of seasons, as long as the quality stays high. Not sure if that’s financially feasible though.

          • Hard to think it can come out in the plus category given the next season (unless they burn another post-Football playoff slot on them) will likely start in the 6-7 million viewers this one will end at (maybe they’ll get a bump if people are looking for a definite ending)…

            • I think it’s pretty clear by now that Carter will never voluntarily wrap up The X-Files. It’s his meal ticket. Nothing else has ever worked for him. He doesn’t want to retire (though he might as well have been retired the last thirteen years or so).

              He had a long time to plan the series finale in 2002, and he chose to end things on a cliffhanger. He had a chance to do it again with the movie, and he didn’t resolve much of anything, or even explain how the FBI could pardon Mulder for a murder conviction issued by a military tribunal, or why they never arrested him when they clearly knew where he was the whole time.

              Anderson and Duchovny are probably both up for doing further short-run miniseries like this, but how long would it take to do another? By which time they’d have aged more, and the novelty of their return would be worn out.

              The best option would be to completely reboot the franchise for the big screen, with real movie actors, and then do the occasional nostalgia retro thing on TV, until people just stopped watching. But a real series finale? Never gonna happen. Not as long as Chris Carter is in charge.

              • Entirely agree with you on Carter never wrapping it up.

                One of the reasons the show went to mush in season 5 is it became obvious he didn’t have a solution and was just going to complexify the storyline without ever resolving it.

                I was saying that then and X-Philes were scoffing BTW… 😉

                I do disagree about rebooting it?


                I want to see the next X-Files.

                That’s what the networks (and studios) are refusing to look for…

                Also I rate David and Gillian a lot higher than you.

      • A full season would be surprising, since it would almost certainly mean Anderson wasn’t in many if not most of the eps. She’s ruled out returning to that kind of production grind. Duchovny’s not too enthused about it either, and please note–he’s already on a network primetime show that’s been renewed for next season.

        • It’s amazing to me that a show with barely over a million viewers can be not only a “network primetime show”, but also renewed.

          What a sad era…

          • It’s amazing to me that networks are just rehashing crap that was worn out in the late 90’s, and some people will lap it up like caviar, ignoring how incredibly BAD it is.

            A sad era indeed.

            • To me a great indicator we are in a horrible era of TV creatively is how hard the media try to sell us on the idea this is a “Golden Age”…

      • It’s already gone from 20 million viewers in the first half-hour after football to 8million… That’s a pretty huge slip. Especially given the night is wide open with essentially no competition.

        • Not so amazing, in retrospect–huge lead-in, and they hadn’t been on television in a long time. Few of the show’s old viewers went to that horrible movie.

          Nostalgia is a powerful force–but not a creative one. And it wears itself out pretty quick.

          • “Nostalgia is a powerful force–but not a creative one.”

            Love that!!

            I may steal it so watch out! 😉

            I illustrated that remark about the movies. Never was tempted to watch them. Caught a few minutes once on TV and flipped the channel (did buy the first 4 seasons on Blu-Ray however…)

    • And none of those shows were ever “huge” in the first place. They did so-so to start and then collapsed…

      But I entirely agree with you.

      The public has spoken: it doesn’t want remakes, adaptation or reboots (at least not the ones made by the current crop of flop-makers).

      Plan to see more remakes, adaptations and reboots made by the same people next season because that’s how we roll today… 🙁

  5. X-Files doing pretty well for FOX and Lucifer is holding up a lot better than I expected but is it a self-starter without X-Files.

    Surprising drop for Supergirl but I think the show gets boosted when Scorpion is in originals so we’ll see if that was the cast week the night after the Super Bowl.

    The Bachelor just keeps chugging on along, very controversial ending should result in one of the higher ratings performances next week.

    Superstore is starting to do these Community or P&R type numbers nothing special and if NBC’s comedy situation was doing better this show would be on the bubble but they’ll renew it but it’s nowhere near the hit people were claiming it to be earlier in January. Superstore is definitely a niche comedy with a ceiling will never be a hit. Telenovela is done as it rating like the Friday comedies did this season. I would love to see them bring back Undateable and put it behind a better performing comedy. I think the weight-loss shows are done they have no interest anymore on television and they served their purpose ship them off to cable if people want to watch these type of shows.

      • I personally can’t get into it as it’s pretty bad to me but it’s just not my taste of comedy but it is similar to The Office and I did like The Office.

    • I think Supergirls drop is because it aired 2 min later and that on a night with Iowa caucus, the other CBS shows on repeat. Marc said earlier today its safe, its still doing good yesterday was a glitch i think contributed to the things i mentioned above

        • Yep it does its definitely CBS youngest skewing. Which is good for CBS to have such a show. Do you think it will stay on mondays next season or move ?

          • I could see how it would be good if it had enough of those viewers overall, but it doesn’t.

            Don’t worry, it will still get renewed no matter what.

    • At 5 million viewers, Lucifer is already in the “loser” category, whether it’s a self-starter or not.

      On Supergirl, the outlier was last week when it didn’t go down, but that happens when you do statistical sampling of human beings.

      This week’s ratings put it back on the track it was all season.

  6. The episode last night of the X-Files was an instant classic. Loved every bit of it. Lucifer was good too. I will not mind X-files doing a mini 6 episode series every year or so.

    X-Files, Lucifer and Bachelor all adjusted up 0.1 in the Demo in the finals

      • My (hopefully informed) guess is that it will keep losing audience as it continues.

        We’ll see next year if you or I was right about its renewal. 🙂

          • You misunderstood me. I have no doubt as to its renewal. 🙂 (or perhaps 🙁 from my perspective). I was making a fearless call using my trusted crystal ball.

            More generally, I have stopped trying to figure what shows will be renewed, because in an era where FOX can figure out excuses to renew Scream Queens in spite of its very obviously disastrous run, any show can (and sadly will) be renewed if it has the right backing (I’ll also mention ‘Til Death another FOX Flop Special renewed for five seasons of no viewers but there’s been too many to count).

            CBS built its domination on not renewing its flops, but Nina Tassler, starting with her catastrophic renewal of Jericho has worked hard to make CBS just like the other networks.

            Sadly it looks like she succeeded. 🙁