Last night's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 premiere netted the lowest ratings for the series' season premiere episode dropping by almost 1.5 million viewers.
"The Ghost" was viewed by 3.44 million people, which is down from the Agents of SHIED season three premiere of 4.9 million. Season 2 saw 5.98 million, and a whopping 12.12 million tuned in for the very first episode back in 2013.
It's probably safe to assume the reason ABC passed on the SHIELD spinoff, Marvel's Most Wanted, and axed Agent Carter, was due to the low ratings.
Regarding last night's episode, it was actually pretty good. I haven't been a big fan of Agents of SHIELD or Marvel TV in general; however, with what I saw last night with Ghost Rider, I'm definitely tuning in next week. I think the problem with Agents Of SHIELD is that it always tries to pretend to connect with The Avengers movies, when it doesn't. We know Marvel Studios and Marvel TV are separate at Disney and are basically completely unrelated. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently booted the TV and comics committee from being involved with the movies, so Agents of SHIELD suffers trying to ride on The Avengers coattails. In related news, sales for Marvel Comics are also down.
Guessing this may be the last season of Agents of SHIELD if the ratings don't pick up.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET on ABC.