Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premieres to Super Ratings

ABC and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was kicking ass and taking names in the ratings last night, delivering 11.9 million viewers and a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. That makes it TV's highest-rated drama debut in nearly four years -- since ABC's V premiere, to be precise, in November 2009.

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11.9 million viewers is certainly nothing to scoff at, but what's especially notable here is that S.H.I.E.L.D. went up against The Voice and NCIS -- two of the most popular shows on TV -- and beat the blockbuster NCIS (3.4) in the 18-49 demo. The show also tied with the two-hour Voice episode (4.6), and even beat it during the 8pm hour. To be fair, both The Voice (with 14.14 million viewers) and NCIS (with a still amazing 19.47 million viewers) had more people actually watching them, but in TV, success is all about that coveted 18-49 demo, and for S.H.I.E.L.D. to be able to get such a good number, given the competition, is a very positive sign.

Hopefully S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ratings will hold steady in the coming weeks -- unlike the aforementioned V, which suffered a sharp decline in viewership throughout its initial season (though it wasn't helped by a months-long break after its fourth episode).

Luckily, comic book and fantasy fare has proven quite lucrative on TV in recent years with shows like ABC's own Once Upon a Time and The CW's Arrow. It was also announced yesterday that FOX will be getting in on that action with a new Commissioner Gordon origin TV series.

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Source : ign[dot]com

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