Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 8 to March 14, 2015 written by Robert Reineke March 11, 2015 We have precisely one superhero related show to discuss this week, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., so it’s just like old times. It’s not really a surprise that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was down in the ratings this week from a hyped mid-season premiere, but the drop to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.80 million viewers overall was still troubling. The latter represents a series low number. If it doesn’t rebound some in the coming weeks, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking at numbers like THE FLASH. I’m not going to get too worked up over the ratings yet, except to mention that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. still really hasn’t found a formula that really appears to get people excited to tune in live. Otherwise, we’ll see if this is a blip or a trend. Who knows, daylight savings time coupled with a thaw in the midwest might be getting people outdoors. The DVR numbers are probably a saving grace. It does kind of indicate that Lady Sif doesn’t quite have the pull to be a ratings boost anymore. Then again, we’re pretty far away from both THOR: THE DARK WORLD and THOR: RAGNAROK, so tying in to either at this stage is a tricky, probably meaningless business, at best. It’s probably not going to get easier for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. or really for any of the shows that still have significant parts of their runs left as daylight, spring, and the arrival of MLB, playoff hockey, and playoff basketball to the schedule is going to make everyone’s job of drawing viewers significantly tougher. Next week, things get interesting again. THE FLASH returns from its brief hiatus with the promise of letting us know what’s up with Professor Wells, the Reverse Flash, and Grodd. iZombie also debuts giving us our first head-to-head comic book based matchup. We’ll see if the zombie trend helps the ratings of iZombie (The Walking Dead drew a 7.3 rating and 14.5 million overall viewers this past Sunday) or not. We’ll also see whether two comic book based shows can co-exist. Tuesday is going to be a busy night. Any predictions for the ratings of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., THE FLASH, and the premiere of iZombie next week? Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 8 to March 14, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Ratings 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Marvel Announces 6 Supporting Actors For DAREDEVIL next post Introducing The First STAR WARS Stand-Alone Film – ROGUE ONE! You may also like Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 3 “Secondo” June 23, 2015 Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 7 “Digestivo” July 23, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 4 to October... October 11, 2015 Review: Doctor Who S8, Ep. 1 “Deep... 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AoS has had healthy DVR numbers, and ABC and Disney have incentive to get a show that’s owned by the same corporation to syndication. Now, whether they get the same budget to work with may be another question. I’d put it at 60/40 in favor of renewal. Not certain, but pretty likely. If it starts getting ratings around 1.2 we’ll talk. it may be that being pushed that far out into spring is the problem and a shorter hiatus, with perhaps more bottle shows, will help the show finish in a more favorable time period. Some shows have wrapped up or nearly wrapped up their seasons already. Oh, there’s also a pretty good chance that Jeremy Renner will cameo this season. Someone has to alert the Avengers as to the location of Baron Strucker’s base after all. Michael Lalaian I wouldn’t count a Downey cameo out either. I think the backup Bobbi and Mack were referring to may be The Avengers, and who they are reporting to may be Stark. Robert Reineke Could be. I just hope that if there are cameos, they’re more substantial than “Thanks. We’ll take it from here.” Sean Gerber Yes, cameos are tricky. The promise of Renner or Downey (or any other Avenger, really) will boost viewership for one night, but those who tune in just to see a movie star are going to have to be impressed by the actual series regulars in order to come back the following episode. So if Marvel is bringing in a ringer, the main cast will need to have multiple opportunities to shine and prove their worth. Michael Bradley I would put a renewal at 80/20. I would not rule out another time shift. I have always though AOS would end up on Fridays, but a return to the 8pm Tuesday should not be counted out either.( I know NCIS is there but it did ok last year) As far as cameos go, they matter a little but overall it’s the story that matters most. I don’t think AOS is too big to fail, but they are doing good enough. I think the ratings may slide a bit more before Age Of Ultron, which should give them a boost. Michael Lalaian We’ll see. CA:TWS didn’t boost the ratings as much as they wanted it to last year. For me an Avengers cameo wouldn’t feel cheap, I would like to see some bridging between CA:TWS and A:AOU. The first Avengers ended with them going their separate ways, and AOU starts with them as a full functioning team. That will seem lm a little jarring without at least some world building in AoS. Maybe something like the characters seeing the announcement of the Avengers on TV or a Downey cameo is the way to go. I’m not thinking purely in terms of ratings, I just think it would make sense in the story. Especially with the attitude that Simmons has been showing lately.