Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned with quite a two-parter. We find everyone’s favorite agents in space trying to figure out why they were brought to a space station. We are reintroduced to a brand new version of the Framework and many more secrets await us in the upcoming episodes. One major mystery was how the show would perform in its new Friday time slot which we finally have an answer for.
The show was expected to return with smaller ratings in comparison to last season’s premiere. It moved to Friday, which generally has lower ratings and it followed up Once Upon a Time and Inhumans low average of around 0.5 with adults 18-49. The show actually saw an increase from last season’s finale up to 2.55 viewers with an average for both episodes reaching a 0.7 share of the night. This actually gave ABC a bit of a boost in their overall ratings up to a 0.6.
Sadly, as is normal with most shows, the ratings are predicted to fall over the course of its 22-episode run. It may get an increase once its 100th episode is released, as they are heavily promoted as events but it is difficult to say how low the ratings might go. An interesting thing to note is that SHIELD has been one of the more steady shows last season. If it manages to stay consistent, it may survive another season to keep ABC’s interest in keeping up a genre line-up on Fridays. SHIELD is Marvel’s longest-running show and kick-started the TV’s side of the MCU. Overall reception for the show’s new direction has been very positive and word-of-mouth may help boost the show’s ratings in the upcoming weeks.
What do you think of these ratings?