Mulder and Scully attracted more than 16 million television viewers to the premiere of their return in Fox’s The X-Files. The iconic series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returns for a limited run, and Fox schedulers smiled on them by booking the show directly after the NFC championship game between Arizona and Carolina. That game was seen by 45.7 million people on Sunday, the Nielsen company said.
While more people watched NCIS last week, The X-Files had more than twice as many viewers as any other scripted series among viewers aged 18-to-49, Nielsen said. That’s the audience Fox cares the most about.
CBS’ coverage of the AFC championship between New England and Denver wasn’t in prime time, but it was seen by an average of 53.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. That made it the top-rated AFC championship game in 30 years, Nielsen said.
As the game was reaching its conclusion, CBS’ telecast hit a peak of 63 million viewers between 6pm. and 6:30pm. EST. The NFC championship helped Fox to an easy ratings win, with the network averaging 13.2 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 8.7 million, NBC had 4.9 million, ABC had 4 million, Univision had 2.1 million, the CW had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.4 million.
Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.05 million viewers in prime time. HGTV had 1.73 million, USA had 1.69 million, TBS had 1.67 million and Discovery had 1.6 million.
NBC’s Nightly News topped the evening newscasts with an average of 10.3 million viewers. ABC’s World News Tonight was second with 9.8 million and the CBS Evening News had 8.5 million viewers.
For the week of January 18-24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships
NFL Football: NFC Championship, Arizona at Carolina, Fox, 45.74 million; NFC Championship Post-Game Show, Fox, 33.9 million; The OT, Fox, 24.32 million; NCIS, CBS, 17.51 million; The X-Files , Fox, 16.19 million; NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 13.31 million; “Scorpion, CBS, 11.61 million; Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.56 million; The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 11.09 million; NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.64 million.