TV Ratings: 'The X-Files' Wins Monday, 'Lucifer' Debuts Well

The revived Fox drama obviously takes a hit from its NFL-boosted premiere but still easily tops the broadcast night.
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The X-Files was still big on Monday night — though obviously not as big as its post-NFC Championship premiere. Monday's Fast National returns from Nielsen give Fox's second episode, debuting in its regular 8 p.m. time slot, an average 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers.

As expected, final tallies for The X-Files' showing on Sunday are huge. With time zone adjustments, the live-plus-same-day scores stand at a blistering 6.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.2 million viewers. Some will be quick to point out that the second episode of The X-Files fell by nearly half in the key demo, but Monday's showing was all the more impressive considering it opened the night and didn't have a 45-million-strong NFL lead-in. Week-to-week retention and DVR growth are now the test for the familiar franchise, but it won't have to sustain momentum for long. Only four weeks remain for Fox's six-episode revival.

The solid ratings gave as good of a lead-in as any to new drama Lucifer. It boasted No. 2 status for Monday, averaging a 2.4 rating in the key demo and 7.2 million viewers. That's pretty handsome retention by most standards.

ABC's The Bachelor was just behind Lucifer, notching a season-high 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. Bachelor Live was steady as ever, pulling a 1.0 rating in the key demo to give ABC second-place status for the night.

Supergirl lost no steam on CBS, though its new time slot competition from The X-Files could have stolen plenty of nerd eyeballs. The drama was even with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 before Scorpion, also averaging a 1.8 rating in the key demo, slipped two-tenths of a point. NCIS: Los Angeles finished the night with a 1.5 rating.

Superstore (1.4 adults) and Telenovela (0.9 adults) both dropped on NBC, while The Biggest Loser (1.2 adults) actually managed some growth.

And, in a similar move to Jane the Virgin last year, star Rachel Bloom's Golden Globe win did not move the ratings dial for Crazy Ex Girlfriend. The CW musical comedy averaged a flat 0.3 rating in the key demo, while Jane was slightly stronger with a 0.4 rating.
 

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