A little late this week, but tvbythenumbers reported that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. had a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.62 million viewers overall. That’s the fourth episode in a row with ratings in the same general range, clearly establishing a stable trend in the ratings. Coming off a bit of a hiatus (and heading into a Winter Olympics one) that’s a good solid sign.
These aren’t likely the numbers ABC was hoping for after the premiere, but it still establishes AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. as a ratings winner and it’s sure to be renewed at this point. Perhaps not without a few changes, but renewal doesn’t look in question.
Which brings us to the next point, with the level of the show established, is there much left for this feature to discuss? Obviously, we’ll see what the ratings are for the next return and the season finale is sure to get a bump in the ratings, but is there much left to discuss from the business end of the show? Or perhaps we can try to deduce whether the falling ratings were at least partly responsible for the introduction of Deathlok, bringing in Bill Paxton, etc. Has the business side affected the artistic side of the show? And, if so, has that necessarily been for the worse?