Agents of SHIELD Ratings

Agents of SHIELD Ratings Fall

It’s like Chicken Little is running around barking with the people who hate the idea of superhero television. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD ratings dropped 34% and people are claiming the show is now in danger. Forget the fact that the premiere brought in 12 million total viewers. Forget the fact that, even after the drop, there were still 8.4 million eyes glued to the television watching the show. It’s gloom and doom time.

This makes those people who feel that a Marvel TV show based on SHIELD was “not needed” and was “just a cash cow” very happy. Because – you know – who needs a fun TV show to watch? To those people: No TV show is ever “NEEDED.” But, damn it, Joss Whedon is back on TV and that makes me happy.

People liked to rip the first show, saying it “was not good.” That is fine. No one is wrong when it comes to their personal opinion. I thought the show was great. It needed work (especially the Fitz and Simmons characters), but it has the group dynamic that exists in all of Joss’ work. No, these characters are not as strong as the Scooby Gang or the crew from Firefly, but they haven’t had the time to develop yet.

Joss Whedon’s shows have always needed time to develop. Buffy wasn’t “great” until the second season, although there were moments of brilliance in season one. Firefly needed time to grow and the network jumped the gun and destroyed the show by rushing things and playing the episodes out of order. If fans don’t shut up and allow the show to develop, the same could happen here.

But, it won’t. Joss Whedon has a lot more room to work now than he did with Firefly and Dollhouse, and Marvel trusts him. They trust him a lot more than a lot of the fans seem to right now. These are the same fans who will crap on him until his show is about to be cancelled and then jump up and cry that he wasn’t given a chance.

Give the show a chance. It needs some work, but it has the chance to grow into something special. And please don’t listen to the people who want it dumbed down to bring in more viewers. Yeah, the drop was Agents of SHIELD ratings drop was disappointing, but the premiere was the highest for any new show in a few years, so it isn’t time for people to start crying that the sky is falling.

Shawn is a film critic with 30 years of experience in print and online media. He is a former member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks and everything in between.

  • Mark Stansfield

    A first season is always done in a vacuum, you have to hope it will click. There’s many a show that didn’t really start to work until the second season (at least for me), Babylon 5 and X-Files spring to mind

    • Agreed. That is the saddest thing about Firefly dying. It is also why I am scared to watch (and get hooked) on new shows.

  • Lyll Dylandy

    I really do hope that this show gets picked up for a second (and maybe even third season). I know its gotten off to a slow start but the characters are awesome. They just need some leg room to introduce all the players. If they get a good storyline going this show will turn out great

    If you are interested in watching this amazing show check out my fansite

    Looking for a direct link to watch episode 2 of agents of shield here it is:

  • Amy Chimson

    The second episode was so boring. ewww

    • It was a let down after the first – BUT – I think they were just trying to develop the “team aspect” and working together crap. I just wish it had been more exciting. Now that it is over with, I want them to start moving on with more fun episodes now.

  • Mark Stansfield

    Ep 4 shows that things are beginning to settle. Felt so much better than the others

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