It turns out Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) isn't the only one who wants to believe. "The X-Files" returned to TV with high ratings on Fox Sunday night and millions tuned in again Monday for the second part of the two-night premiere of the sci-fi miniseries.
According to Variety, the series drew 9.7 million viewers Monday night and had a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demo. Although it's a drop from the Sunday-night premiere that had 16.2 million viewers overall, "The X-Files" still outperformed every other show on TV at the time, making it the top-rated program in the demo.
The 9.7 million viewers is also greater than the average amount of viewers for the show's final season in 2001-2002, which was around 9.1 million. "The X-Files" also outperformed 32 of 33 episodes of "Gotham," which is normally in the Monday 8 p.m. EST time slot. The premiere of "Gotham" in 2014 had a 3.3 in the sought-after demo.
"The X-Files" had a cult following when it aired from 1993-2002 for nine seasons, so it's no surprise that fans have welcomed the show back with open arms. If the miniseries continues to have successful ratings, it's likely there will be additional seasons or miniseries of "The X-Files" in the future.
Show creator Chris Carter told E! Online at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour on Jan. 15 that he was waiting to hear from the network that they wanted more episodes. Fox co-president Gary Newman also said he'd be interested in having more stories of "The X-Files" but that it would depend on the availability of Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who portrays Dana Scully on the show.
In an interview with British magazine SFX earlier in January, Anderson said more episodes in the future would depend on how the show was received and if people were still excited about it. Duchovny added six episodes might not be enough and maybe there could be more in the future.
"Having gone through it again, I think we’re all okay with moving forward with more. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I would," he dished.
Anderson was drawn to rejoining the cast of "The X-Files" because it was only going to be a six episode miniseries instead of a full season. In an interview with Time in December, the actress said once the commitment was under eight episodes she could then consider coming back.
No future spin-offs of "The X-Files" are planned at this time, but that could change in the near future. Four more episodes remain in the miniseries, which will now air Monday nights.
“The X-Files” miniseries continues with episode 3 Monday, Feb. 1, on Fox at 8 p.m. EST.