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This page shows the original Nielsen ratings for The X Files during the show's run.

Most watched


Season 1

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Pilot 12.0
2 Deep Throat 11.0
3 Squeeze 11.1
4 Conduit 9.2
5 The Jersey Devil 10.4
6 Shadows 8.8
7 Ghost in the Machine 9.5
8 Ice 10.0
9 Space 10.7
10 Fallen Angel 8.8
11 Eve 10.4
12 Fire 11.1
13 Beyond the Sea 10.8
14 Gender Bender 11.1
15 Lazarus 12.1
16 Young at Heart 11.5
17 E.B.E 11.7
18 Miracle Man 11.6
19 Shapes 11.5
20 Darkness Falls 12.5
21 Tooms 13.4
22 Born Again 13.7
23 Roland 12.5
24 The Erlenmeyer Flask 14.0

Season 2

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Little Green Men 16.1
2 The Host 15.9
3 Blood 14.8
4 Sleepless 13.4
5 Duane Barry 13.9
6 Ascension 15.5
7 3 15.0
8 One Breath 15.3
9 Firewalker 15.2
10 Red Museum 16.1
11 Excelsis Dei 14.2
12 Aubrey 16.2
13 Irresistible 14.7
14 Die Hand Die Verletzt 17.7
15 Fresh Bones 17.8
16 Colony 15.9
17 End Game 17.5
18 Fearful Symmetry 16.5
19 Dod Kalm 17.1
20 Humbug 15.7
21 The Calusari 12.9
22 F. Emasculata 14.0
23 Soft Light 12.9
24 Our Town 14.5
25 Anasazi 16.6


Season 3

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 The Blessing Way 19.94
2 Paper Clip 17.20
3 D.P.O. 15.57
4 Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 15.38
5 The List 16.72
6 2Shy 14.83
7 The Walk 15.91
8 Oubliette 15.90
9 Nisei 16.36
10 731 17.68
11 Revelations 15.25
12 War of the Coprohaghes 16.32
13 Syzygy 16.04
14 Grotesque 18.32
15 Piper Maru 16.44
16 Apocrypha 16.71
17 Pusher 16.20
18 Teso Dos Bichos 17.38
19 Hell Money 14.86
20 Jose Chung's 'from outer space' 16.08
21 Avatar 14.48
22 Quagmire 16.00
23 WetWired 14.62
24 Talitha Cumi 17.86

Season 4

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Herrenvolk 21.11
2 Home 18.85
3 Teliko 18.01
4 Unruhe 19.10
5 The Field Where I Died 19.85
6 Sanguinarium 18.85
7 Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man 17.09
8 Tunguska 18.85
9 Terma 17.34
10 Paper Hearts 16.59
11 El Mundo Gira 22.37
12 Leonard Betts 29.15
13 Never Again 21.36
14 Memento Mori 19.10
15 Kaddish" 16.56
16 Unrequited 16.56
17 Tempus Fugit 18.85
18 Max 18.34
19 Synchrony 18.09
20 Small Potatoes 20.86
21 Zero Sum 18.60
22 Elegy 17.10
23 Demons 19.10
24 Gethsemane 19.85

Season 5

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Redux 27.34
2 Redux II 24.84
3 Unusual Suspects 21.72
4 Detour 22.88
5 The Post-Modern Prometheus 18.68
6 Christmas Carol 20.91
7 Emily 20.94
8 Kitsunegari 19.75
9 Schizogeny 21.37
10 Chinga 21.33
11 Kill Switch 18.04
12 Bad Blood 19.24
13 Patient X 20.21
14 The Red and the Black 19.98
15 Travelers 15.06
16 Mind's Eye 16.53
17 All Souls 13.44
18 The Pine Bluff Variant 18.24
19 Folie à Deux 17.63
20 The End 18.76

Season 6

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 The Beginning 20.34
2 Drive 18.50
3 Triangle 18.20
4 Dreamland 17.48
5 Dreamland II 17.01
6 How the Ghosts Stole Christmas 17.31
7 Terms of Endearment 18.69
8 The Rain King 21.24
9 S.R. 819 15.65
10 Tithonus 15.83
11 Two Fathers 18.81
12 One Son 16.57
13 Agua Mala 16.91
14 Monday 16.74
15 Arcadia 17.91
16 Alpha 17.67
17 Trevor 17.65
18 Milagro 15.20
19 The Unnatural 16.88
20 Three of a Kind 12.94
21 Field Trip 15.38
22 Biogenesis 15.86

Season 7

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 The Sixth Extinction 17.82
2 The Sixth Extinction II 16.15
3 Hungry 16.17
4 Millennium 15.09
5 Rush 12.71
6 The Goldberg Variation 14.49
7 Orison 15.63
8 The Amazing Maleeni 16.18
9 Signs and Wonders 13.86
10 Sein und Zeit 13.95
11 Closure 15.35
12 X-Cops 16.56
13 First Person Shooter 15.31
14 Theef 11.91
15 En Ami 11.99
16 Chimera 12.89
17 all things 12.18
18 Brand X 10.81
19 Hollywood A.D. 12.88
20 Fight Club 11.70
21 Je Souhaite 12.79
22 Requiem 15.26

Season 8

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Within 15.87
2 Without 15.11
3 Patience 13.3
4 Roadrunners 13.6
5 Invocation 13.9
6 Redrum 13.22
7 Via Negativa 12.37
8 Surekill 13.3
9 Salvage 11.7
10 Badlaa 11.8
11 The Gift 14.6
12 Medusa 13.8
13 "Per Manum 16.00
14 This Is Not Happening 16.90
15 Deadalive 12.40
16 Three Words 12.00
17 Empedocles 12.46
18 Vienen 11.81
19 Alone 12.72
20 Essence 12.80
21 Existence 14.00

Season 9

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Nothing Important Happened Today 10.60
2 Nothing Important Happened Today II 9.4
3 Damonicus 8.7
4 4-D 8.9
5 Lord of the Flies 9.9
6 Trust No 1 8.4
7 John Doe 8.7
8 Hellbound 7.8
9 Provenance 9.7
10 Providence 8.5
11 Audrey Pauley 8.0
12 Underneath 7.3
13 Improbable 9.1
14 Scary Monsters 8.2
15 Jump the Shark 8.6
16 William 9.3
17 Release 7.8
18 Sunshine Days 10.4
19 The Truth 13.25
20 The Truth II 13.25


Season 10

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 My Struggle 16.19
2 Founder's Mutation 9.67
3 Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster 8.37
4 Home Again 8.31
5 Babylon 7.07
6 My Struggle II 7.60


The X Files Ratings All seasons

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 Pilot 12.0
2 Deep Throat 11.0
3 Squeeze 11.1
4 Conduit 9.2
5 The Jersey Devil 10.4
6 Shadows 8.8
7 Ghost in the Machine 9.5
8 Ice 10.0
9 Space 10.7
10 Fallen Angel 8.8
11 Eve 10.4
12 Fire 11.1
13 Beyond the Sea 10.8
14 Gender Bender 11.1
15 Lazarus 12.1
16 Young at Heart 11.5
17 E.B.E 11.7
18 Miracle Man 11.6
19 Shapes 11.5
20 Darkness Falls 12.5
21 Tooms 13.4
22 Born Again 13.7
23 Roland 12.5
24 The Erlenmeyer Flask 14.0
25 Little Green Men 16.1
26 The Host 15.9
27 Blood 14.8
28 Sleepless 13.4
29 Duane Barry 13.9
30 Ascension 15.5
31 3 15.0
32 One Breath 15.3
33 Firewalker 15.2
34 Red Museum 16.1
35 Excelsis Dei 14.2
36 Aubrey 16.2
37 Irresistible 14.7
38 Die Hand Die Verletzt 17.7
39 Fresh Bones 17.8
40 Colony 15.9
41 End Game 17.5
42 Fearful Symmetry 16.5
43 Dod Kalm 17.1
44 Humbug 15.7
45 The Calusari 12.9
46 F. Emasculata 14.0
47 Soft Light 12.9
48 Our Town 14.5
49 Anasazi 16.6
50 The Blessing Way 19.94
51 Paper Clip 17.20
52 D.P.O. 15.57
53 Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 15.38
54 The List 16.72
55 2Shy 14.83
56 The Walk 15.91
57 Oubliette 15.90
58 Nisei 16.36
59 731 17.68
60 Revelations 15.25
61 War of the Coprohaghes 16.32
62 Syzygy 16.04
63 Grotesque 18.32
64 Piper Maru 16.44
65 Apocrypha 16.71
66 Pusher 16.20
67 Teso Dos Bichos 17.38
68 Hell Money 14.86
69 Jose Chung's 'from outer space' 16.08
70 Avatar 14.48
71 Quagmire 16.00
72 WetWired 14.62
73 Talitha Cumi 17.86
74 Herrenvolk 21.11
75 Home 18.85
76 Teliko 18.01
77 Unruhe 19.10
78 The Field Where I Died 19.85
79 Sanguinarium 18.85
80 Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man 17.09
81 Tunguska 18.85
82 Terma 17.34
83 Paper Hearts 16.59
84 El Mundo Gira 22.37
85 Leonard Betts 29.15
86 Never Again 21.36
87 Memento Mori 19.10
88 Kaddish" 16.56
89 Unrequited 16.56
90 Tempus Fugit 18.85
91 Max 18.34
92 Synchrony 18.09
93 Small Potatoes 20.86
94 Zero Sum 18.60
95 Elegy 17.10
96 Demons 19.10
97 Gethsemane 19.85
98 Redux 27.34
99 Redux II 24.84
100 Unusual Suspects 21.72
101 Detour 22.88
102 The Post-Modern Prometheus 18.68
103 Christmas Carol 20.91
104 Emily 20.94
105 Kitsunegari 19.75
106 Schizogeny 21.37
107 Chinga 21.33
108 Kill Switch 18.04
109 Bad Blood 19.24
110 Patient X 20.21
111 The Red and the Black 19.98
112 Travelers 15.06
113 Mind's Eye 16.53
114 All Souls 13.44
115 The Pine Bluff Variant 18.24
116 Folie à Deux 17.63
117 The End 18.76
118 The Beginning 20.34
119 Drive 18.50
120 Triangle 18.20
121 Dreamland 17.48
122 Dreamland II 17.01
123 How the Ghosts Stole Christmas 17.31
124 Terms of Endearment 18.69
125 The Rain King 21.24
126 S.R. 819 15.65
127 Tithonus 15.83
128 Two Fathers 18.81
129 One Son 16.57
130 Agua Mala 16.91
131 Monday 16.74
132 Arcadia 17.91
133 Alpha 17.67
134 Trevor 17.65
135 Milagro 15.20
136 The Unnatural 16.88
137 Three of a Kind 12.94
138 Field Trip 15.38
139 Biogenesis 15.86
140 The Sixth Extinction 17.82
141 The Sixth Extinction II 16.15
142 Hungry 16.17
143 Millennium 15.09
144 Rush 12.71
145 The Goldberg Variation 14.49
146 Orison 15.63
147 The Amazing Maleeni 16.18
148 Signs and Wonders 13.86
149 Sein und Zeit 13.95
150 Closure 15.35
151 X-Cops 16.56
152 First Person Shooter 15.31
153 Theef 11.91
154 En Ami 11.99
155 Chimera 12.89
156 all things 12.18
157 Brand X 10.81
158 Hollywood A.D. 12.88
159 Fight Club 11.70
160 Je Souhaite 12.79
161 Requiem 15.26
162 Within 15.87
163 Without 15.11
164 Patience 13.3
165 Roadrunners 13.6
166 Invocation 13.9
167 Redrum 13.22
168 Via Negativa 12.37
169 Surekill 13.3
170 Salvage 11.7
171 Badlaa 11.8
172 The Gift 14.6
173 Medusa 13.8
174 "Per Manum 16.00
175 This Is Not Happening 16.90
176 Deadalive 12.40
177 Three Words 12.00
178 Empedocles 12.46
179 Vienen 11.81
180 Alone 12.72
181 Essence 12.80
182 Existence 14.00
183 Nothing Important Happened Today 10.60
184 Nothing Important Happened Today II 9.4
185 Damonicus 8.7
186 4-D 8.9
187 Lord of the Flies 9.9
188 Trust No 1 8.4
189 John Doe 8.7
190 Hellbound 7.8
191 Provenance 9.7
192 Providence 8.5
193 Audrey Pauley 8.0
194 Underneath 7.3
195 Improbable 9.1
196 Scary Monsters 8.2
197 Jump the Shark 8.6
198 William 9.3
199 Release 7.8
200 Sunshine Days 10.4
201 The Truth 13.25
202 The Truth II 13.25
203 My Struggle 16.19
204 Founder's Mutation 9.67
205 Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster 8.37
206 Home Again 8.31
207 Babylon 7.07
208 My Struggle II 7.60



Season Averages

The X Files Rank Season Average
TXF Season 1 #105 11.21
TXF Season 2 #63 14.50
TXF Season 3 #55 15.40
TXF Season 4 #12 19.20
TXF Season 5 #11 19.80
TXF Season 6 #12 17.20
TXF Season 7 #29 14.20
TXF Season 8 #31 13.83
TXF Season 9 #63 9.10
TXF Season 10 #7 13.60
TXF Season 11 #? ?

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