‘Agents of SHIELD’ Hits Another Low as NBC, CBS Top Tuesday

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Fox laffers hit lows while ABC's edge up; young dramas 'Chicago Fire,' 'Originals' look good

UPDATE: In the updated estimates released late Wednesday by Nielsen, there was no change for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which did a 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 6.67 million viewers overall. Gaining a tenth in the nationals were: “NCIS” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 19.36m), “The Mindy Project” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.66m) and “Supernatural” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.36m). The only program to edge down was “The Biggest Loser” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.26m). As a result of the updates, CBS did indeed tie NBC for the night’s 18-49 lead (2.5/7).

FX’s steady “Sons of Anarchy” was the top cable program in 18-49 (2.3/6), drawing 4.38 million total viewers. ESPN scored with its college basketball doubleheader of Michigan State-Kentucky (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.00m) and Duke-Kansas (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.98m).
ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” continues to lose viewers, on Tuesday declining in the young-adults demo for a sixth straight telecast following its huge premiere. It was also a rough night for Fox’s comedies and a good one for CW’s dramas.

NBC edged out CBS in adults 18-49 (though the Eye could catch it in the nationals) and has now won all three Tuesdays of the season when it has aired its regular schedule. CBS won in 25-54 and total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” dominated at 8 p.m. (2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall), steady week to week and opening up its biggest advantage yet over ABC’s competing drama, “Agents of SHIELD” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall).

After opening in September to a big 4.7 rating in adults 18-49, “SHIELD” has declined with its next six original episodes: 3.3, 2.9, 2.8, 2.7, 2.5 last week and now a 2.2. And last night, it wasn’t far ahead of NBC’s third-place “The Biggest Loser” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall).

ABC can still point to time-period improvement for “Agents of SHIELD,” but it was clearly hoping the high-profile project would hold on to a much bigger chunk of its opening-night audience than it is now.

NBC followed “Biggest Loser” with a live eliminations episode of “The Voice” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score for a two-hour installment and was Tuesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 , and “Chicago Fire” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), which returned after a two-week break with slight gains over its most recent episode. In the comparable week a year ago, airing behind “Law & Order: SVU” on Wednesday night, “Chicago Fire” did a 1.6 demo rating.

At CBS, “NCIS” was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), which was flat week to week, and “Person of Interest” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which edged up. All three CBS drama easily led their hours in total viewers.

In the night’s tightening comedy battle, Fox’s “New Girl” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) were down while ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “Trophy Wife” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) were back on an upswing after a down showing last week — and despite the fact that “Agents of SHIELD” provided a softer lead-in. A week ago, “New Girl” held a 0.5 ratings point advantage over “Goldbergs,” and “Mindy” beat “Trophy” by four-tenths.

Also down week to week for Fox were its opening-hour comedies “Dads” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), which placed fourth among the Big Four in 18-49. All four of the net’s half-hours matched or set lows in 18-49.

At CW, “The Originals” followed the news of its full-season pickup by drawing its largest same-night audience of the season (2.4 million) while matching or setting highs in key demos, including women 18-34 (1.5/4). Also up week to week was vet “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall). Combined, the dramas gave the net its most-watched Tuesday in more than four years.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.5/7; CBS, 2.4/7; ABC, 1.5/4; Fox, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.3/4; CW, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.5 million; NBC, 8.5 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Fox, 3.1 million; CW, 2.4 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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  1. flyingbird65 says:

    Biggest problem I have with Agents of Shield it is a bit too quirky. The show needs to be a bit darker in over all content also when considering the demographic Disney is trying to reach. Without improving over all quality Agents of Shield will quickly lose followers. It also doesn’t help that it is going head to head with NCIS, which been maintained a strong following in the same demographics.

  2. Mike Bourbon says:

    First, this show is an hour long commercial for Disney/Marvel that airs every week! They won;t cancel this show. Second, like most Sci-Fi shows, there is an overall theme or protagonist or question that permeates the show and helps keep people tuned in (think of Q in Star Trek NG). M.A.o.S has yet to build that, but it will have to do with whatever the movies deal with. I hope that Disney hired a writing staff to handle when and where certain characters and events will happen so that the view feels the need to see movies to resolve plot lines they are watching on TV.
    Furthermore, Skye has an arc on the show where SHEILD has redacted any and all info on who her parents are, thus her reason for working with SHEILD. She is an uneducated common person who just happens to have an extraordinary ability to hack machines? all self taught? My bet is she is the illegitimate daughter of Howard Stark and Tony’s half sister. Or she is Bruce Banners sister and is the precursor to SHE-HULK. Just my opinion….

  3. Alejandro says:

    I think MASh is one of the best shows available. It requires an earthquake to make me lose the show.
    All the characters are great and the plot has infinite possibilities.

    Nielsen lies :)

  4. Joe says:

    This show will get better. More Super villains and Super heroes would fit in right now if you bring in any major hero even for a cameo the ratings would be huge they should do that every week and fans would love it

  5. DorothyParkerlite says:

    I big fan of Whedon’s, and I wanted to like this show, but it’s just not cast well. Not saying the actors are terrible –they’re just not interesting. There are some clever moments in the writing but the performances just don’t do them justice. Ming Na Wen (sp?) is the only exception. Her character would bring me back if it involved her more. Maybe have her reluctantly rounding up the future heroes, etc? The mentor with a dark past? Hell yeah! The Agents, including Skye, are flat out boring; they’re like middle management: meant to be there to regulate but in actuality just meant to get out of the way. I do hope it gets better; I miss witty dialogue.

  6. ThereIsNoCoulsonInMarvel says:

    “Trust in the system”. That line right there is why nobody likes or relates to this show.
    Also, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. There is no “homeland” BS in the acronym. People are supposed to be better in comics than they are in real life. Sucking up to neofascist dictators and their gestapo isn’t “better”, it’s reality and, therefore, worse.

  7. Ryan says:

    I really hope they bring back the dancing results show or better yet move dancing to Tuesday and 1/2 hour results on wed. It is unfair with the voting now

  8. Joe20 says:

    Wheedon has a plan, stop being so impatient and pay attention. “we need superheroes” are you 5, the whole point is this is the human organization trying to learn to protect ourselves and not always rely on superheroes. And who watches live television other than sports, these same day ratings are completely outdated. Also there were some huge basketball games on last night that would have taken away from live tv.

    • Brian141 says:

      I think the point is that not only are there no real super-threats, but even as a spy show it’s inconsistent bordering on not very good. At least a supervillian per episode would give it something to make viewers feel like it was important work being done. The choppy plots just don’t make it feel like the teams job is significant; especially with all the references to how “New York changed everything”

    • Frink Stink says:

      “the human organization trying to learn to protect ourselves and not always rely on superheroes” soooo….basically every other procedural show? Whedon still hasn’t shown any remotely identifiable or likable characters – that all part of the plan, too?

      • mark says:

        The supporting cast is a huge problem for this show. None of them are likeable and most can’t act. I’d keep Clark Gregg and start all over with everyone else.

  9. Rito says:

    People want superheroes not agents! I was recording episodes but gave up on it last week.

  10. Need to put it on a different day, so people acutually see it…

  11. Taoheart says:

    The Stories are getting worse first of all, The character “Sky” does not work for group or the show at all, especially with this last episode, time to kill her off,.. you need a Super Hero in the mix as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. even if it’s the Blue Beetle, you need to bring Coulson to his metamorphic position (The Vision) before the Sweeps,.. then maybe you can save the show

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