Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Poor Ratings May Have Hurt Agent Carter Series



With still no word of a second season for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an interesting remark is buried in Deadline‘s report about the “early buzz” surrounding the network’s upcoming upfront presentations.

While the report mentions Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be renewed for a second season, and that the new Agent Carter series might come attached with it, it’s also stated that the Agent Carter series didn’t get a straight-to-series greenlight as expected: the “green light never came.”

That may mean a pilot would need to be filmed, and then the network would have to give the okay for a full season instead of going ahead with the pilot and the full season from the get-go.

It’s noted that ABC president Paul Lee said the script is great, with mention the script was finished three months ago as well.

It’s also stated that the option regarding having Hayley Atwell on board the Agent Carter series expired and has been extended.

The report goes on to mention that Agent Carter might serve as a bridge between the Fall and Spring portions of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s possible ABC might be taking a second look at the Agent Carter series especially considering the Marvel Studios movie tie-ins have had no impact on ratings for Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


The series saw its lowest ratings to date following the much publicized connection to Captain America 2.

Likewise, a special guest appearance by Jaimie Alexander as Sif from the Thor movies had no impact on ratings.

The reason for the poor ratings for Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be a few things, with fans mentioning poorly written early episodes, no superheroes or super villains (at least in the first half of the season), expectations not met and episodes airing erratically with at times a month or weeks between episodes.

The creators of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have since told fans to campaign for the show to ABC if they want a second season.

The most recent episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which tied into Captain America 2, saw 5.37 million viewers tune in, which was actually less than first estimated.

This week’s episode looks to be a key factor as it airs at 9pm ET with ABC replaying last week’s as both tie into Captain America 2. It’s possible audiences didn’t want to spoil themselves by watching the two out of order if they haven’t yet seen Captain America 2.