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Ratings: “The X-Files,” “Lucifer” Rank As Monday’s Top Two Shows (Updated)

Fast National Ratings Update: Monday’s “The X-Files” and “Lucifer” were the night’s top two shows among adults 18-49.

Airing at 8PM, the time period premiere of FOX’s “The X-Files” event posted a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and 9.691 million total viewers. Obviously a far cry from those posted by Sunday’s post-NFC Championship premiere, the numbers are still very impressive.

“The X-Files” was Monday’s #1 program in adults 18-49 and #3 program in total viewers (beneath “Scorpion” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”).

“The X-Files” led into “Lucifer,” which premiered to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7.154 million total viewers. The show will obviously need to hold up in the coming weeks to warrant a “hit” label, but the numbers clearly reflect a strong start.

It was Monday’s #2 program in adults 18-49 and #6 program in total viewers (beneath the aforementioned three shows, “Supergirl,” and “The Bachelor”).

Due by 11:15AM, the adults 18-49 and total viewership numbers will provide a more complete indication of how FOX’s “The X-Files” and “Lucifer” performed Monday night.

The overnight household ratings provide sufficient evidence, however, to conclude that the dramas represented a far more potent combination than previous timeslot occupants “Gotham” and “Minority Report.”

Per metered market data, night two of FOX’s “The X-Files” event drew a 6.2 overnight household rating. Though down substantially (albeit predictably) from Sunday’s NFC Championship-boosted number, the rating is solid by any reasonable standard. It propelled FOX to #1 in the timeslot (among households) and represented a huge improvement over what “Gotham” routinely draws at *PM.

Lead-out “Lucifer” followed with a 4.6 overnight household rating. The number is not enough to establish the new drama as a clear hit, but it does markedly top that drawn by “Minority Report” throughout this fall.

It also comfortably bests the numbers posted by “Sleepy Hollow” in the slot last year (as an example, the year-ago episode posted a 2.9). The same holds true for “The Following,” which occupied the 9PM period (and sometimes the 8PM period as well) last spring.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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