The full season pick-ups and renewals are slowing making their way across the networks. ABC has announced that Agents of SHIELD
has been given a full-season order.
The Avengers spin-off, as with most debut shows, was initially given 13 episodes, so this "back nine" order gives the drama 22 total episodes for season 1.
Star Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye, tweeted
, "Everyone on set is smiling and so happy!" Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, said
, "22 eps to figure out Tahiti." And the official SHIELD Twitter page
thanked all the fans.
is the lead-in on Tuesdays for a whole night of new shows -- including The Goldbergs
, Trophy Wife
and Lucky 7
, the latter having since been cancelled
-- and started off strong as the highest-rated drama in four years, with 12.12 million viewers tuning
in to the premiere (and even more watched via DVR, online and during a Thursday night re-airing). And while it wasn't number one in total viewers, it did tie The Voice
for that honor in the 18-49 demographic.
It didn't come as a surprise that it started off on such a strong footing, considering the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, with The Avengers raking in over $1.5 billion worldwide to become the third highest grossing movie of all time.
And while it's expected that any new show will have a drop-off in viewers for subsequent episodes after a premiere, SHIELD has dropped further than I'm sure the network, and even fans and critics, imagined. Episode 2 drew in 8.4 million viewers, a decrease of 34%, and episode 3 had 7.7 million viewers, a drop-off of 15%. But the good news is that the show was still ranked as second in the 8pm timeslot this past week.
Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC.