The numbers are in, and the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere raked in 11.9 million viewers with a 4.6 rating amongst the coveted 18-49 crowd.
However, those numbers were way short of the NCIS debut (now in its 11th season), which brought in close to 20 million, but the S.H.I.E.L.D pilot episode was the highest-rated drama debut in nearly four years (2009 saw V have 14.3 million) and doesn't account for online and DVR views.
For a comparison to another comic book series, AMC's The Walking Dead season 3 finale drew in 12.4 million viewers, with its season 1 pilot nabbing 5.3 million.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows the Marvel Studios billion dollar blockbuster movies Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, so to argue it didn't have a lead in at the 8pm time slot is kind of moot.
NBC's The Voice also beat Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 8pm time slot and tied the 4.6 rating for the 18-49 demographic. NCIS had a 3.4 rating for that market, so we can see where the difference in audiece is coming from for NCIS and S.H.I.E.L.D.
11.9 million viewers is a good start for the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes. The response online seems to be divided between some fans loving it and some fans hoping it gets better.
If you are looking for a good show to watch this Fall, check out NBC's The Blacklist on Monday nights, which stars James Spader (voice of Ultron in The Avengers 2) and Harry Lennix (General Swanwick in Man of Steel).
Check out the Tuesday ratings below (via EW):
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