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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


Season 11

Episode
Number
Episode
Name
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 My Struggle III 5.15
2 This 3.95
3 Plus One 3.95
4 The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat 3.87
5 Ghouli 3.64
6 Kitten 3.74
7 Rm9sbG93ZXJz 3.23
8 Familiar 3.46
9 Nothing Lasts Forever 3.01
10 My Struggle IV 3.43

Season Averages

The X Files Rank Season Average
Season 1 #105 11.21
Season 2 #63 14.50
Season 3 #55 15.40
Season 4 #12 19.20
Season 5 #11 19.80
Season 6 #12 17.20
Season 7 #29 14.20
Season 8 #31 13.83
Season 9 #63 9.10
Season 10 #7 13.60
Season 11 #91 5.34
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