Ratings: ‘The X-Files’ Rises in Finale, Ties With ‘The Bachelor’ As Monday’s Top Show in Demo

Fox’s reboot of “The X-Files” had a nice bounce back from its low opposite the Grammys last week, growing 14% for its finale and tying with ABC’s similarly rising “The Bachelor” as Monday’s top program among young adults.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the sixth and final episode of “The X-Files” averaged a 2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 9 p.m., on par with “The Bachelor” for the hour and the night. “X-Files” was Monday’s top-rated program outright in adults 25-54 (3.0/8) and all key male demos.

More than 20 million viewers watched the premiere of “The X-Files” within the first three days of its premiere last month, and the show is tracking as broadcast television’s No. 2-rated drama of the season in adults 18-49, behind only Fox’s “Empire.” It’s unclear, though, if or when the show might return to the network.

Critics have been mixed at best on the six-episode return of “The X-Files,” with Maureen Ryan of Variety calling it “an inexplicably sloppy season” in her write-up of the finale.

Elsewhere Monday, Fox followed “The X-Files” with rookie “Lucifer” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which continues to perform pretty well and pulled to within 0.2 of CBS’ “Scorpion” in 18-49. Starting next week, “Lucifer’s” lead-in will be “Gotham,” as the sophomore drama returns from a three-month break for the back-half of its season.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) rose 0.2 from last week to win its two-hour block and rule as Monday’s No. 1 program in 18-49 (tie), 18-34 (2.3/9) and all female demos. The dating show has emerged as just about the network’s top-rated series this spring, matching last week’s “Modern Family” and ahead of all the Thursday dramas. The Alphabet finished the night with “Castle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which wa up from last week and matched its midseason return of two weeks ago.

NBC had season finales for “Superstore” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), “Telenovela” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and “The Biggest Loser” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), all of which were up multiple tenths from their lows opposite the Grammy Awards.

The entire CBS lineup, which was pre-empted by the Grammys last week, came in down multiple tenths from their prior originals on Feb. 8 (the night after its coverage of the Super Bowl). “Supergirl” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Scorpion” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) matched their lows, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) was at about its season average. “Scorpion” was Monday’s most-watched program overall.

CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) were on par with last week.

 

 

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