Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 premiered last night on ABC, and what can't be looked at anything but a disappointment for the series, saw a substantial decline in ratings compared to the first season premiere.
12.2 million tuned in for the Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 debut last year.
Only 5.6 million watched yesterday's Season 2 debut, with the episode netting a 1.9 in the coveted 18-49 age demographic.
The numbers are on par with the subsequent episodes from last year, which hovered around 5-6 million toward the end of the season as well.
The show is also heavily DVR'd and these numbers are considered an estimate, but the final numbers won't be anywhere near the 12.2 million from Season 1.
It looks as if a majority of viewers that initially tried out Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - probably expecting something akin to a Captain America 2 - didn't return for the second season. That's too bad because it could be argued everything that fans complained about with Season 1 (lack of professionalism among the SHIELD agents, goofiness of Fitz and Simmons, not being serious, etc.) was fixed with the Season 2 premiere.
It will also be interesting to see what happens with the ratings: Does S.H.I.E.L.D. have a loyal fan base with the 5-6 million? Or will the series continue to drop with further episodes?
Netflix must certainly be taking a look at the numbers as Marvel TV, led by Jeph Loeb, is behind the S.H.I.E.L.D. series as well as the upcoming Netflix shows.