Ratings: Fox’s ‘X-Files,’ ‘Lucifer’ Down in Week Two, Still Top Night in Demo

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Fox’s Monday tandem of “The X-Files” and “Lucifer” fell off about 20% in their second week, but the former remained the night’s top program in the key young-adults demo while the latter still looked solid enough. The night also saw a drop by CBS rookie “Supergirl,” which was nearly caught by NBC’s own first-year series, “Superstore.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The X-Files” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall leading off the night for Fox, down 19% (0.6) from its timeslot premiere of last week. It was Monday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.3/9), all key male demos and total viewers.

In “live plus-3” ratings for last week, “X-Files” rose to a 4.37 rating in 18-49 and 12.70 million viewers overall, up more than 30% in both from its same-day Nielsen averages; it also picked up roughly 750,000 viewers in 3-day streaming via Hulu and FoxNow, according to Fox. The 4.37 was the second highest for a broadcast drama series premiere this season, topping the “Supergirl” opener on CBS in October (4.13) and behind only the launch of NBC’s “Blindspot” in September (4.45).

The “X-Files” return to television on Jan. 24, airing after a highly rated NFL playoff game, averaged a 6.1/19 in 18-49 and went on to draw more than 20 million viewers in “live plus-3” estimates.

As for “Lucifer,” it averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, placing second to ABC’s “The Bachelor” — down 21% from its solid premiere of last week. This is a slightly larger-than-usual falloff for a series in its second week, though its decline is acceptable given that of its lead-in (and it also has a decent chance of rounding up to a 2.0 in the finals).

In L+3 for its premiere, “Lucifer” grew by 38% in 18-49 (to 3.35 rating) and by 36% in total viewers (to 9.76 million); it also added about 500,000 total viewers in 3-day streaming on Hulu and FoxNow, according to Fox. The 3.35 in 18-49 was the third best L+3 score for a broadcast drama premiere of the past year (since “Empire”) — behind only “Blindspot” and “Supergirl.”

CBS’ “Supergirl” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 week to week, as it joined the Fox dramas in falling off some one week after both networks benefited from huge promotion during Jan. 24 NFL conference championship games. “Supergirl,” which matched its low in 18-49, may also have been hurt last night from airing alongside repeats of Monday skedmates “Scorpion” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “Superstore” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) was down a tenth week to week to hit its lowest score in five Monday regular-slot airings to date; last week’s episode did a 1.4 in the prelims, but was revised up a tenth in the finals. The comedy finished within a tenth of “Supergirl” in 18-49 while beating the superhero drama in 18-34.

“Telenovela” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) was also down a tenth to its low. And after a growth spurt last week, weight-loss series “The Biggest Loser” was back down this week (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

ABC had another good night with “The Bachelor” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), which was a tick off its season high of last week and lifted the network to a No. 1 finish for the night in adults 18-34 and all key female demos. Last week’s episode hit a 2.9 in 18-49 and 9.13 million total viewers in L+3. Following “The Bachelor” last night, the fifth and final “Bachelor Live” post-show delivered average numbers (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

At CW, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) was up a bit from last week as it hopes to hold on for what would be its first 0.4 in the finals; in L+3, last week’s episode matched its high in 18-49 (0.39) while rising to 1.06 million total viewers. “Jane the Virgin” was about average (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).


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  1. jack says:

    Lucifer is a good series. Leads are impressive and great for eyes.should do more seasons.

  2. timmy says:

    Why do they constantly want to strip him of ALL his powers?

    He might as well be a guy named Joe!

  3. tvbythenumbers rated it up..
    9 p.m. Lucifer (FOX) 2.0/6 6.00

  4. Ep 3 of X-files was ‘the X files I missed’. After all the build up of Ep one I don’t know how they’re going to wrap it up with just 3 left. Lucifer is showing promise to me, but Fox doesn’t go out on a limb to give shows a chance, so I hope the numbers pick up.

  5. Kevin says:

    A possibility for Supergirl numbers being down a little (as it was a good episode) – first, the hour in the Eastern Time zone started with a news update on the Iowa Caucuses (understandable). Second that was followed immediately by a long sports promo for the big game that really sounded like the beginning of a sporting event. I wonder how many tuned away and didn’t stick around thinking Supergirl had been pre-empted. I know I thought it had been pre-empted.

  6. TVAddict says:

    I’m actually loving Lucifer! It’s bad in a good way. I feel no sympathy for him, just love waiting for the “bad” things he does, & trying to figure out why the detective can’t be manipulated by him. Very interesting show! Hope it lasts at least a full season. (More really)

  7. Nanny Mo says:

    X files ep3 was not as good as ep2. It tried to be a bad comedy, but it was just bad. Lucifer won’t last, because it’s dumb and sympathy for the devil stories are so been there, done that. Nobody really feels bad for Lucifer and so you have a bad inside joke as opposed to a true dramatic storyline.

    • Jake Hansen says:

      Totally agree. Lame episode. The first 2 episodes this season I was really happy with. Three, not so much.

    • wayne Klein says:

      I disagree. The episode was top notch and compared to Darrin Morgan’s other episodes. The only issue I had was the pacing was a bit off but I,put that down to a “new” director. The second and third are, so far, the best and comparable to what the show did during its peak seasons.

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