Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Marks Best Drama Debut in 4 Years; Fox Comedies Plummet, PERSON OF INTEREST Falters

     September 25, 2013


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

  • ABC’s series premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulled in a massive 4.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, making it the best drama series premiere on all of TV since 2009’s V.  The pilot drew a strong 11.9 million total viewers, which falls just short of The Blacklist’s 12.6 million on Monday.
  • Opposite S.H.I.E.L.D., Fox’s comedy slate plunged pretty hard, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine plummetting 30% from last week’s 2.6 rating to a 1.8 in the demo and New Girl dropping 28% from last week’s 2.9 rating to a 2.1 rating.
  • On the flipside, ABC’s comedy lineup benefited from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s massive take with new series The Goldbergs hitting a 3.2 rating and 9.1 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, September 24th, including Dads, The Mindy Project, NCIS, Person of Interest, Chicago Fire, and Trophy Wife.


  • marvel-agents-of-shield-pilot-clark-greggNo surprise here, but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulled in a very heavy look-in audience even though the critical response to the pilot was somewhat muted (read Evan’s recap here).  The Joss Whedon-helmed episode garnered a 4.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 11.9 million viewers, which is the best TV drama performance in the demo in four years.  Overall viewership couldn’t match the James Spader-led The Blacklist, but the demo rating is the most important factor in ad revenue.  Now to see how much of that audience the show retains next week.
  • Leading out of S.H.I.E.L.D., the new 80s-set comedy The Goldbergs earned a 3.2 rating and 9.11 million viewers, showing an audience retention rate of 70% in the demo.
  • The series premiere of Trophy Wife also started off pretty solid, with a 2.3 rating in the demo and 6.61 million viewers.
  • The final ABC premiere of the night, Lucky 7, didn’t fare as well, pulling in a mere 1.3 rating and 4.6 million viewers.


  • the-mindy-project-season-2-episode-2Though Fox’s comedy lineup got a jump on premiere week by beginning last week, it suffered heavily when facing off against the big gun dramas of ABC and CBS.  The much-maligned new comedy series Dads dropped to a 1.5 rating and 3.65 million viewers opposite S.H.I.E.L.D., marking a 28% drop from last week’s 2.2 rating.
  • Also down was the promising new comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which hit a 1.8 rating and 4 million viewers for a big drop of 30% from last week’s 2.6 rating.
  • New Girl was down as well, garnering a 2.1 rating and 4.1 million viewers and dropping eight tenths from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • Finally, The Mindy Project notched a 1.5 rating and 3.04 million viewers for a 21% drop from last week’s 1.9 rating.


  • The season premiere of NCIS scored a 3.4 rating in the demo, which is the show’s lowest-rated premiere in six years and down sharply from last year’s 4.1 premiere rating.  Nevertheless, the episode still pulled in a whopping 19.47 million viewers, winning the night in overall viewership.  Those old folks can’t be bothered with a silly Marvel show.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles hit a 3.0 rating and 16.17 million viewers, which marks the show’s lowest-rated premiere ever and a drop of four tenths from last year’s 3.4 premiere rating.
  • Also down was the slightly younger-skewing Person of Interest, which hit a series low 2.3 rating and 12.29 million viewers.  That’s down from last year’s 2.9 rating for the premiere.


  • The season premiere of Chicago Fire notched a 2.8 rating and 9.25 million viewers, marking a sharp increase over last year’s 1.9 series premiere rating.


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  • daylight

    Not surprised by SHIELD’s numbers. Marvel has really sunk its teeth into the general audience it seems. And i wouldnt say the critical response is muted. It stands at 83% on Rottentomatoes, and a 74 on metacritic with an 8/10 average. Thats pretty good.

  • Strong Enough

    Black list beat Agents of shield? LMAO

    • firehouse

      no it didnt. It had more total viewers, but SHIELD beat it handily in the only demographic that really matters with network TV.

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Actually, yes, it DID beat S.H.I.E.L.D., as even you admit. True, demos matter, but reality hurts.

      • firehouse

        Ask any network executive to choose between a 12.9mill/3.5 rated show and a 12 mill/4.6 rated show. The answer will always be the latter. Those demos are all the advertisers care about, thats why Shows like Vegas got cancelled despite being top 25 in viewership. Its just the way TV works.

      • Strong Enough

        you just contradicted yourself

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    NO! Must watch Person of Interest! Do NOT let it fall!

    • Doug_101

      Agreed. I feared a switch in day and time would hurt it and there it is. They tried to get that info out to viewers by putting all the reruns at that time during the summer, but who really pays attention to that? I will say though, that I was surprised to see how high POI was in terms of overal ratings for all of last season – #5, so I don’t expect it to get canceled any time soon.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      They switched days. So I wouldn’t read too much into it. If the show is still consistent people will continue to watch.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        I know. It’s such a good show, and I’m hoping that this small lapse is just because everyone tuned into Marvel’s Agents (which wasn’t bad, actually). But POI is stylish, suspenseful, action-packed, and brilliantly acted!

  • Prasanna Rajan


    Centipede all of a sudden turned into ‘Extremis’. And flying Corvette? The episode looked really artificial and the pilot is not that compelling.

    • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

      It’s Joss Whedon: what did you expect?

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

      I thought it was explained that the attachment was full of every type of enhancement the “scientists” could get their hands on?

      I also thought the corvette was a bit corny at the end, but the tone matched really well with the Marvel movies in my eyes.

      The writing was also very sharp, the moment to moment action stayed surprising from beat to beat and it felt fresh and, good or bad, it felt unlike anything else currently on television.

      Some of the characters were half-baked and felt put-on, and the “hacker” was a little too simple and quick with her whims (mostly a victim of the pace and energy) but most of Whedon’s shows start out that way and over the episodes the quirkiness turns into rich personalities.

      I’ll be giving it a chance for at least a few more episodes.

  • Greyson

    This article just reminded me of how bad V was…

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

    I’m so done with this premiere competition and the way great shows are hurt by the desires of advertisers and butting up against each other in time slots. What a waste. If we could just transition people over to a mix of targeted advertising and paying for the content they want with on demand viewing, all of this wasted energy could be avoided.

    I know it’s not an easy transition and it will take time, but it sure is annoying to wait for.

    Seriously, why can’t all these shows coexist? Or at least half of them.

    I’m very curious if the House of Cards model will continue working and I much prefer binge TV watching of shows, now. Waiting from week to week on Breaking Bad just dilutes the energy and the drama. Watching 4 and a half seasons all together was amazing.

    And now I’m rambling… apologies.

  • snow

    Tbh, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ratings of PoI continue to fall. All my friends have stopped watching because they hate Shaw. I don’t much care for her either but I’ll still give this show a chance. Hopefully she’ll get less annoying as time goes by, or we’ll at least see less of her in the future,

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