It’s been promoted for months, anticipated for years, and now the day has arrived… The X-Files is back! Well… if you live in America that is. And it seems that Australian fans of the popular series are understandably perplexed as to why Channel Ten are making them wait almost a week before screening the first episode of the show.
In an age where the major Networks are “fast-tracking” series like The Bachelor, sometimes within hours of the US, to combat piracy and help avoid spoilers for the show’s most addicted fans, X-Files fans have been spending the last couple of weeks voicing their frustration on Channel Ten’s social media channels with one simple message: why are you making fans of the biggest TV event in memory wait a week?
Posts like “Why do you hate your viewers?”, “we get to experience the reboot just like it’s 1993”, “Will be watching it today. lol @ waiting to Sunday to watch it.” have been posted on their Facebook page in the last few hours alone, echoing the sentiment since the delay was revealed.
Channel Ten owe it to fans to explain the delay, because here’s the thing – we know they could screen it on time. And as many are pointing out, they are not going to wait.
It’s going to be interesting to see just what their viewership numbers end up being like, and what the reported piracy is in Australia. But whatever it ends up being, any loss of audience is their own fault. As one viewer aptly put it, it’s not 1993 anymore.
The X-Files premieres on Channel Ten this Sunday at 8.30pm.