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Positive Start for Fox’s Revised Monday

Both 'The X-Files' and 'Lucifer' Generate Early Interest

Metered Markets

CBS: 5.9 rating/9 share, Fox: 5.4/ 8, ABC: 4.6/ 7, NBC: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +54, CBS: +11, ABC: – 8, CW: -33, NBC: -49

“The X-Files” (Fox)

-Honorable Mention:
“Lucifer” (Fox)

“Telenovela” (NBC), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Jane the Virgin” (CW)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this final January Monday in the household overnights with its combination of “Supergirl” (#3: 4.8/ 7), which is a shoo-in for a second season renewal, “Scorpion” (#1 for the night: 6.6/10) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#1: 6.5/10). If it “ain’t broke, there is no need to fix it,” so the assumption is this Monday night line-up will remain intact on the Eye net next season.

In time period premiere news, the revival of “The X-Files” in the Monday 8 p.m. was certainly not the powerhouse it was out the Arizona Cardinals at the Carolina Panthers on the top-rated NFC Championship on Sunday. But a 6.2 rating/9 share in the household overnights last night topped the 8 p.m. time period, besting the first-hour of “The Bachelor” on ABC (#2: 5.6/ 8) and aforementioned “Supergirl” on CBS by 11 percent and 29 percent, respectively. And “The X-Files” was a hefty 48 percent over year-ago occupant “Gotham” (4.2/ 6 on 1/26/15). Consider this a positive time period debut for the return of “The X-Files.”

Next on Fox was the series premiere of drama “Lucifer,” which finished third in the 9 p.m. hour with a respectable 4.6/ 7 in the household overnights. Comparably, this was 59 percent over year-ago time period occupant “Sleepy Hollow” (2.9/ 4 on 1/26/15). Overnight retention out of lead-in “The X-Files” was respectable at 74 percent. And the slippage in the second half-hour was only four percent (4.7/ 7 to 4.5/ 7). Mirroring “The X-Files,” this is a positive start for “Lucifer.”

Over at ABC, two more hours of guilty pleasure “The Bachelor” was on the map with a 5.5/ 8 from 8-10 p.m. And it led into another edition of post-show “Bachelor Live” at a second-place 3.3/ 5 at 10 p.m.

On NBC, Monday 8-9 p.m. sitcoms “Superstore” (#4: 3.1/ 5) and “Telenovela” (#4: 2.2/ 3) lost steam, dipping by 14 and 15 percent, respectively, from one week earlier. But there is every reason to still expect a second season for “Superstore.” And they led into “The Biggest Loser,” which scored a slim (excuse the pun) 2.1/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m.

The CW capped off the night with the perennially low-rated pairing of one-hour comedies “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (#5: 0.7/ 1) and “Jane the Virgin” (#5: 0.8/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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      • I absolutely love Superstore. My concern is that NBC reduced the number of episodes before it even aired. Do you think they had a lack of faith in the show creatively? What do you think will change their minds?

        • It was all about space on the schedule. It was on between The Voice cycles. They would’ve had 1 or 2 spare episodes if they kept the original order. Skipping those episodes saved NBC money, but still allowed NBC enough data to determine if they would renew Superstore (& Telenovela)

        • They might have initially Bryan. But I imagine NBC is now regretting its decision to reduce the episode order for Superstore. Trust me when I tell you it is coming back next season. And I bet NBC orders 22 new episodes. You’ll see.

  1. Let’s say the ratings for X-Files hold up.

    Gillian Anderson has said in no uncertain terms that she won’t do a fulltime X-Files gig again. She’s living in England now. She’d have to move back to Hollywood (or Vancouver) for a good part of the year, and odds are the revival would wear out its welcome pretty quick.

    What does this get FOX? A whole lot of promotion for a shortlived revival starring a woman pushing 50 and a man pushing 60. The interest is mainly generated by nostalgia and curiosity–how do they look now? (Answer: Weird).

    Can FOX do what it’s doing with 24? Bring in new actors, just keep the brandname? Would the fans accept that?

    All I know is that I don’t want to watch this, and I was one of the biggest X-Files fans out there. It’s vaguely upsetting to me to see the corpses of these once great characters dragged out of the grave and paraded around like this. I wish it would end, and never come back. Failing that, I’d probably watch a fully rebooted version with a recast Mulder and Scully, and a new showrunner.

    Next week is the Darin Morgan ep. He’s my favorite X-Files writer. I may not even watch that.

      • Based on what I read, she’s up for doing six eps a year.

        Maybe that’s just a negotiating stance–she was angry (understandably so) that they offered her less money than Duchovny (again), even though she’s actually had the higher profile career lately.

        One thing we know–if you’re going to stick with the the old X-Files, you need both of them. One or the other won’t work. That’s why I think they’d be better off just rebooting, going back to the start, with a new paranormal pair. They’d piss off a handful of angry fans, and everybody else would keep watching.

        Both their performances have been lifeless, listless, empty. I don’t know how anybody can stand to even look at them. I keep hearing “They’ve aged well.” That’s not really a compliment, you know. 😉

          • Well, of course they did. But I’m talking about the fact–which she has confirmed–that she was originally offered half as much money for doing this miniseries. Now that was understandable when the show started in ’93–she was very young, had done basically nothing, and Duchovny had done a cable series, and a cult movie with Brad Pitt (technically, Duchovny was the lead, but Pitt had movie charisma, and turned out to be the better actor to boot).

            But after all these years–that’s just flat-out insulting. Her feud isn’t with Duchovny, but with the suits. And really, with the whole idea of spending most of her year speaking the same tired lines (“But Mulder, this goes against science.”), over and over, in slightly different black pantsuits.

            They’d have to offer her one hell of a lot of money to get her back for anything more than six eps a year.

            Duchovny would do it in a heartbeat, though. Like Carter, this is all he’s got. And he’s accepted that.

    • Can you just stop complaining about The X -Files! I’m pretty sure you didn’t shell out a single cent into the production and i don’t suppose you’re a Murdoch and have a stake in FOX.

      Oh, and the final Sunday numbers are out, and the stars you keep bashing because of their age managed a stately 6.1/16.1Mil!!! Yea a 6.1 and 16MIllion viewers!!

      Now go sit at a corner and chew your fingernails while hating on The X-Files!

      • No, I can’t. Sorry. So don’t read my posts. And I guess your point about the ratings is that anything that gets huge numbers is great? Somehow, I don’t think you’re consistent about that. 😉

        • Pisher, I agree with you that ratings don’t equal quality, but to paraphrase you, anything that gets great numbers is (usually) PROFITABLE, so whether or not anyone thinks the show good or bad, is almost beside the point.

          Chances are that if these numbers hold up, FOX will find some way to further exploit The X Files in one form or another. The beauty is there are 500 channels so there’s plenty of other shows to choose from.

          • We were arguing profits? I was not aware.

            That FOX wants to exploit old franchises is not something I had the slightest intention of denying, but let’s both admit that as a creative force in TV, FOX has been dead for a very long time.

            • Absolutely agree about quality. My point is that as the networks are desperate to remain profitable in this 500 channel TV landscape, so any kind of monetary success they see will not be ignored… even if the quality isn’t up to par. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality.

              • That’s all true, but the fact remains, they can’t make this franchise, work, in this form, with these people, unless they get EVERYBODY.

                Darin Morgan has never produced more than two hours of TV a year in his life.

                Anderson only wants to do six eps a year, at most.

                Carter wants to spend all the money in existence on pretentious derivative twaddle.

                Duchovny has a series–Aquarius–it’s been renewed already. For a full season. He’s basically playing his character from that series on THIS series. Anderson has a series she’s doing in Northern Ireland, and while Brit TV works differently, there’s a good chance she’ll be doing another ‘series’ or two of that.

                I assume they could get Glen Morgan onboard regularly, and I don’t know about Jim Wong, who has a busy career directing TV. If this is not the total trainwreck the last movie was, that’s mainly down to them, believe it. Carter has no idea how to run a show, never did.

                But they could get all the ducks lined up, pay out a whole lot of money, and then find out the audience has moved on again. They lost almost half the demo in 24 hours. That was expected, and it’s still good, but don’t you think they’re going to want to see how it looks a month from now?

                • I’ll disagree with that, mostly because demo numbers don’t matter except for the spin-meisters and because a show losing over 30% of its sampling isn’t exactly catching fire.

                  If they had premiered the 24 continuation after football it would have doe the same numbers, and those numbers are nothing special.

            • Seconded.

              Sadly, the same can be said of every network and every cable and internet outlet right now… 🙁

          • Again, it was after football. A bad show nobody wanted to see would get decent ratings just from people not flipping the channel.

      • A test pattern following football wold not have done all that worse… 😉

        Seriously, you can’t analyze the numbers out of context.

        Even Flop Girl would have looked OK in that slot (incidentally a slot that should have been used for the promotion of a new potential hit…)

    • Wow. I disagree completely on this one. I don’t mind watching these two actors that are that age at all. Although I can tell Scully has a wig on (not because of age), I wouldn’t consider them dragged out of the grave and paraded around. I don’t mind seeing people over 40 on TV. Even if nostalgia and curiosity is bringing in people to check it out, the story so far is right on par with the previous episodes so far. I’m anxious to see where it’s going. Plus I heard something different regarding more episodes. You could say the same thing about he recent Star Wars movies…a much older set of returning characters, with nostalgia and curiosity are fueling it. But we know that that franchise is now alive and well. I like that the X-Files is back. And so far, I think the storyline is good. On a final note, I read just a few days ago, that everybody was on board to do more, they were just waiting for the invite from FOX. I can’t remember where I saw that, but that is much different than what you’re saying. If they just did 6 episodes a year, I don’t think Gillian would have to move back full time. Just my take on it all.

      • I watch much older actors, with joy and delight, all the time.

        But these roles demand young actors, who actually give a damn.

        Can you honestly look at their performances and not see that they’re going through the motions for a paycheck?

        Neither of them was ever great to start with–they were the right actors for the parts, but they’re not anymore.

        As to Anderson, we’ll see if the renewed attention changes her mind, but what you don’t understand is that an actor who can only do one role, over and over again, is a dead actor. She’s able to do different roles now, and still have a life. A fulltime series would kill that.


        • Again wow. Apparently I don’t understand stuff. Somebody is awfully condescending. 6 episodes a year would allow for other roles. But I guess you would have to understand the differences of a limited series (6 episodes) and a full time series (22 episodes) to get that part of it. But you seem to know Gillian’s personal interest level…so I guess you know more than all of us.

          • Condescending would be “Well, I guess you think old actors shouldn’t get to work anymore”, which is what you were saying to me.

            • Or pretending you always know more than others. Which you don’t. What a troll. I shouldn’t let myself get sucked in. Going back to delete.

    • I knew we’d disagree on something. Darin Morgan is one of the reasons I stopped watching the show. His endless quest to be edgy and off-beat resulted in a couple of OK episodes but he turned the show into a comedic skit IMO and contributed to dissolving the style of the show.

      I did like his “Scientology” Millenium episode however.

    • It looked better than The X-Files, but still not worth watching.

      Basically, I don’t think any network drama is worth watching, so don’t mind me. 😉

      • Isn’t that sad? I used to be the biggest TV drama fan and now the only new TV drama I occasionally watch is a few Brit shows (I was going to say Canadian but I haven’t watch a good Canadian drama in a while either).

    • Yes, it was great.

      I am a fan of Tom from the USA show Rush, but find he has aged so much. Same thing about Lauren from Chicago Fire. Can’t believe how much she has aged! 😉

        • Game of Thrones
          The Walking Dead (debating how much longer)
          Orphan Black (the true X-Files of this era, vastly superior acting)
          Anything From David Simon

      • Based upon on her tenure on Hawaii Five-O and then Chicago Fire, I doubt she will be around this one that long.

  2. I liked Lucifer, but seriously, this um “non-reality” program will never be Top 10. Never. The 2nd hour of the X-Files was much better than the first. But I agree with pisher. What’s the point really (of six episodes)? Fox creates a lot of demand, that then cannot be fulfilled and goes away in a puff of (cigarette) smoke.

    • Not only FOX–remember the Knight Rider reboot on NBC–the backdoor pilot that turned into a full season of slightly enjoyable increasingly low-rated crap? That got ratings almost as big as this, without football to boost it.

      That unpretentious piece of hackwork had more energy than this X-Files reboot, but in both cases, it’s nostalgia driving the initial interest.

      If they got a regular series going, the same thing could happen all over again. They wouldn’t be able to maintain even the meager quality of the six ep mini. People would realize they didn’t miss The X-Files THAT much.

  3. This series could probably be best used to relaunch X-Files with a new central twosome, perhaps having occasional appearances by GA and DD. Depending on the casting, I’d probably watch. The mythology is strong, but I just can’t see the show having enough energy if it depends on characters who have slowed down.

    I kept being distracted by Gillian Anderson’s voice, which has changed considerably over the years.

    • My preference would be rebooting the show entirely–casting a new Mulder and Scully, having them meet for the first time, recapturing that dynamic for a new generation. They’ve tried a new pair already with Doggett & Reyes, and people didn’t buy it. They didn’t wait for Shatner and Nimoy to die before they cast a new Kirk and Spock.

      Honestly, my real preference is to let it die, but apparently no once-successful franchise can ever be allowed to just end now.