The X-Files season 11 ratings are not exactly a beacon of good news for the future of the franchise — not that we really want there to be a future for the franchise with the news of Gillian Anderson’s departure in mind. As far as CarterMatt is concerned – without Scully there is no series.
Wednesday night’s new episode of the series drew (once again) its lowest rating yet in just a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic. Is this a sign that the show has lived longer than it really should have? Possibly, but it’s also probably just a function of season 10 a couple of years ago not being anywhere near good enough. There wasn’t a single episode last year that posted below a 2.1. There hasn’t been a single episode this season, meanwhile, drawing that same number.
It may sound weird, but in some ways the show’s poor performance at the moment may be a reprieve for many diehard X-Files fans out there. After all, the series’ performance at present represents an opportunity for everyone to take a deep breath and start to realize that Fox may not pick it back up for more. Gillian Anderson has said that she’s not doing anymore of the series beyond this season, and as someone who loves this show and wants the best for it, the franchise continuing in some way without her feels almost like stripping the show of much of its identity. If the ratings were better, maybe some executives out there would be more tempted to do something like that even though they really shouldn’t.
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