In 2016, after more than a decade off the air, The X-Files TV show returned to FOX as a limited event series. Although the ratings landscape had changed drastically during this show’s off years, and the new installment only had six episodes, it topped all the other FOX TV series in the Nielsens. Can the 10 episodes of the 11th season meet or beat those figures? If Chris Carter and the cast are interested in making more episodes, will The X-Files be cancelled or renewed for season 12? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Season 11 of The X-Files on FOX picks up immediately after the events of the season 10 finale cliffhanger. The sci-fi mystery thriller stars David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully. Mulder and Scully investigate unexplained or “X-Files” cases — which have answers involving paranormal phenomena. Returning in season 11 are Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell, Veronica Cartwright, Chris Owens, and Dean Haglund. They are joined by newcomers including Barbara Hershey and Haley Joel Osment.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
For comparisons: The 10th season of The X-Files on FOX averaged a 3.19 in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total viewership of 9.534 million.
What do you think? Do you like The X-Files TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 12th season on FOX?