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Nick Fury Doesn't Help Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Ratings Drop over 30%

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:34


Despite having an appearance by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, ABC saw the ratings drop for Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. by 34%.

The episode delivered a total of 8.1 million viewers, down from the pilot's 11.9 million viewers.

Likewise, ratings in the coveted 18-49 demographic were down, as well, with episode two having a 3.1 to episode one's 4.6.

It could be argued ratings may have been down further if Jackson didn't cameo, though the appearance wasn't officialy announced but "rumored" on various social networks and websites.

A ratings drop after a pilot episode isn't unheard of, but as Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is directly connected to The Avengers movie universe and coupled with Jackson's cameo, ABC can't be all that happy would be my guess. Fans online seem to have expected something a little more serious in nature or at least with better quality writing.

The 8pm shows on the other networks with Guys With Dads, NCIS and The Voice all sustained their audience from their own debuts last week.

If you are disappointed with Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., James Spader's (Ultron in The Avengers 2) new series The Blacklist might be worth checking out, which airs Mondays at 10pm ET on NBC. It only saw a drop of about 5 percent.

Here is the full list of Tuesday night ratings (via EW):

FOX8:00PDADS- 1.33,418
 8:30PBRKLYN 9-9- 1.43,422
 9:00PNEW GIRL- 1.93,894
 9:30PMNDY PRJCT- 1.52,964
ABC8-9PMARVL-SHLD- 3.18,438
 9:00PGOLDBERGS- 2.26,161
 9:30PTROPHY WIF- 1.44,276
 10-11PLUCKY 7- 0.82,808
CBS8-9PNCIS- 3.419,331
 9-10PNCIS:LA- 2.714,794
 10-11PPERSON-INT- 2.012,163
NBC8-10PVOICE-TUE- 4.414,204
 10-11PCHCGO FIRE- 2.89,000