The X-Files relaunch scores big ratings for Channel 5

The relaunch of The X-Files has given Channel 5 its best drama ratings in 7 years. 


The new series of the iconic US sci-fi series aired in the UK on February 8th, and was greeted by one of the best audiences Channel 5 has ever had. 

The 6-part "event" sees both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their roles as a pair of FBI agents investigating the paranormal and extraterrestrial. 

An average of 3.1 million tuned in to see the new paranormal adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, with an extra 61,000 watching on Channel 5 +1.

This figure meant that the time slot viewers were up by a huge 168% compared to its regular numbers.

According to Channel 5, the last drama programme to garner similar viewing figures was the launch of FlashForward, all the way back in 2009.

Channel 5 will continue airing the 6-part series every Monday, with episode 4 already having been aired on Fox in the US.

On its original showing in the US, the new series initially received a mixed reception from critics and audiences, but this has improved as the series has continued. 

Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, has claimed that he would be willing to go further with the show if the 6 episode event was successful.

You can catch The X-Files every Monday at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Source: Digital Spy 

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