Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The X-Files return gives Channel 5 a ratings boost



After a 14-year break, ignoring the underwhelming second movie in 2008, The X-Files returned to UK television screens last night.

The series premiere gave Channel 5 its highest rated US drama launch since 2009. An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in and this doesn't take into account streaming and recording of the episode. The X-Files will very likely become one of Channel 5's most viewed shows in 2016.

As a huge fan of The X-Files in the early to mid 1990s, voraciously consuming books, comics and more before transmedia storytelling became de rigeur, I was excited to see FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) back.

Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars have all been successfully rebooted in recent years. So, why not The X-Files too?

The series premiere has left fans deeply divided. So, I'll pass you over to fellow X-Phile Andrew Lewin who investigates the premiere "My Struggle". By all accounts the mini-series improves dramatically.

Is the truth still out there? Let me know in the comments below.