Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Tumbles, Fox Comedies Drop, CHICAGO FIRE Rises

     October 2, 2013


Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • After last week’s record-breaking debut, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost a third of its audience and dropped a whopping 34% to a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.4 million viewers.  That’s a steep decline in viewership from last week’s 4.7 rating, but not altogether surprising given the lukewarm overall reception to the pilot.  Read Evan’s recap of last night’s episode here.
  • Fox’s comedies took yet another dive, as the new series Brooklyn Nine-Nine hit a 1.4 rating and 3.42 million viewers for a 22% drop and New Girl garnered a 1.9 rating and 3.89 million viewers for a 10% drop.
  • Over at NBC, Chicago Fire scored an impressive 2.8 rating in the demo and 9 million viewers for a rise of 4% over last week’s 2.7 season premiere rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 1st, including NCIS, The Mindy Project, Person of Interest, and more.


  • brooklyn-nine-nine-the-slumpFox’s comedy block kicked off with new series Dads, which earned a 1.3 rating and 3.42 million viewers, dropping 13% from last week’s 1.5 rating.
  • The network’s other new series Brooklyn Nine-Nine was also down, notching a 1.4 rating and 3.42 million viewers for a disappointing drop of 22% from last week’s 1.8 rating.
  • An uneven episode of New Girl scored a 1.9 rating and 3.89 million viewers, which is down 10% from last week’s 2.1 rating.
  • As for The Mindy Project, last night’s episode hit a 1.5 rating and 2.96, which is even with last week’s performance.


  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was expected to drop in week two, but the series lost a third of its pilot audience for last night’s episode.  “0-8-4” scored a 3.1 rating and 8.4 million viewers, down 34% from last week’s 4.7 rating.  3.1 is nothing to scoff at, but will the show level off next week or will it shed more viewers?
  • New comedy series The Goldbergs hit a 2.2 rating and 6.16 million viewers, dropping 29% from last week’s 3.1 rating.
  • Also down was Trophy Wife, which noted a 1.4 rating and 4.28 for a big drop of 39% from last week’s 2.3 rating.
  • Finally, Lucky 7 is DOA with a 0.8 rating and 2.81 million viewers, shedding 38% of last week’s underwhelming 1.3 rating.


  • person-of-interst-nothing-to-hideOver at CBS, NCIS hit a 3.4 rating in the demo and 19.33 million viewers, winning its timeslot opposite S.H.I.E.L.D. and grabbing the largest audience of the night even though it was down 6% from last week’s 3.6 rating.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles scored a 2.7 rating and 14.79 million viewers, dropping 10% from last week’s 3.0 rating.
  • The procedural Person of Interest continues to stumble, notching a new series low with a 2.0 rating and 12.16 million viewers.  That’s down 13% from last week’s disappointing 2.3 rating.


  • Finally, NBC drama series Chicago Fire continues to build as it hit a 2.8 rating and 9 million viewers for a rise of 4% over last week’s season premiere.


  • Lance

    Some tumbling was inevitable for SHIELD, but I bet some of it happened because that first episode was just too fast. For all his reputation, Joss Whedon’s particular style doesn’t work well when it’s rushed.

    I bet he wrote like a two hour or hour and a half long pilot, and it got scaled back to fit into a single hour.

    This second episode was better, though. I enjoyed it more than the pilot, anyway, and will keep tuning in!

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      “but I bet some of it happened because that first episode was just too fast.”
      I think you mean because it was bad.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      I agree the pace was too fast, but there are other factors that came up in the slower paced second episode. I’m hoping we focus in on one character and tell their story next episode. It’s all very surface right now.

      Overall, I’m still rooting for it. I stuck through Dollhouse through the first season which I wouldn’t blame the most outspoken Whedonites for abandoning and indeed that show turned out pretty great by the time it was cancelled and rushed to finish up.

      This is way better than most of the first season of Dollhouse (though this has a less gripping premise).

    • Jason Richards

      The series just looks awful. People tuned in and saw how bad it looked and tuned out. For all of his acclaim Whedon’s last few tv shows have been terrible.

  • Crimsonfury

    Where do they pull these numbers from?!

    If it’s Nielson Boxes those numbers are bullshi+! No one watches live anymore! Especially the audiences here! If they recorded DVR/PVR/Tivo/Torrents/etc… then they would have real numbers!

  • Scurvy

    I’m guessing the majority of the people who didn’t watch episode 2 live have it DVR’d. Everyone wanted to see the premiere live but now it’s no big deal to wait a day or so.

  • ʝoe Ģnaśher ßloggs

    SHIELD is awful awful awful. Corny as heck and characters (Fitz, Simmons) who are irritatingly bad. Coulson is too corny. Grant needs a vacation. May seems interesting. Skye can stay…but purely on her looks.

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Hurray for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cheese dropping. NO! Person of Interest is awesome! Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson are so badass! Must not let it fall!

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