A new season is upon us with premieres this week as GOTHAM, LUCIFER, and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. return. Some changes are in order for the shows and also for this column. Let’s look at the numbers.
|Show||Rating in the 18-49 year old demographic||Viewers (in millions)|
|Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||1.1||3.44|
I don’t know if there are any surprises here, except that we all probably ought to get used to LUCIFER having the largest ratings and audience of the various comic related shows on network television. We’ll have to see if they manage to improve the quality of the show, everyone tells me that Mike Carey’s comic was terrific, but they’ll certainly get a full season order to do so. It helps to a) have a character with name recognition and b) a lead actor that exudes charisma. Oh, and low expectations from the network help too.
GOTHAM will almost certainly be renewed to get to syndication, even if Warner Bros. basically gives it to Fox in season four. Other than Robin Taylor Lord’s Penguin, I don’t know if there’s anything really loved on the show, but it’s managed to hold onto a respectable audience number. At least this day and age of reduced expectations, especially on Fox.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. did well enough in one of ABC’s most troubled spots to look like a big improvement over what occupied the spot previously. An appearance by Ghost Rider couldn’t have hurt either. I have some philosophical issues with a comic book show at 10 pm ET which is probably too late for many kids in the audience, but maybe that’s less relevant in the age of time shifting.
Everything is looking relatively rosy on premiere week. But as we all should know by now, GOTHAM and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. have struggled most with a common enemy, week to week attrition. We’ll have to see if they’ve solved those problems yet.
So, any thoughts on the new premieres and status quos of the shows? Are people pleased with what they’ve seen of Ghost Rider? What do you think of the new format? Feel free to give your opinions below.