‘X-Files’ Debut Abducts More than 20 Million Viewers With Delayed Viewing

Add another 1.1 million audience members from Hulu and the Fox Now app

Last Updated: January 29, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

The truth is out there, and so are tens of millions of viewers.

Fox’s “X-Files” premiere was watched by 20.3 million people, when counting three-day delayed viewing. That grows even higher — to 21.4 million viewers — when including Hulu and the Fox Now app.

In the key 18-49 demographic, Sunday’s premiere rose 28 percent to an eventual 7.8 rating/24 share.

The “X-Files” landed 13.5 million total viewers on the actual evening of its premiere, when it scored a 5.1 rating. The linear jump from 13.5 million viewers to 20.3 million reflects growth of 50 percent.

The Dana Walden and Gary Newman-run broadcast network has publicly sworn off Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings. Aside from event programming, Fox only reports Live + 3 Day rating numbers.