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"S.H.I.E.L.D." Soars… Then Plummets

By Garth Franklin Wednesday October 2nd 2013 11:15AM

ABC's new series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has scored two honors, albeit one dubious.

As we already knew, the first episode of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' scored the best premiere ratings of any new network drama series in four years with 11.9 million live viewers and a 4.7 rating.

In the days since it has been revealed that the number of people to have seen the pilot in the U.S. nearly doubled when DVR & VOD figures (+3.7 million viewers), online platforms (+1.6 million) and a Thursday night repeat (+4.6 million) brought the total up towards 22 million viewers.

Last night's second episode however has also earned an honor - the biggest second episode drop-off from a premiere this season. Overnight ratings have seen "S.H.I.E.L.D." drop a fairly massive 33% for its second episode which nabbed 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating.

That stands in contrast to other hit new shows like "The Blacklist" and "Sleepy Hollow" which fell 5% and 11% in their second outings. The damage wasn't just restricted to SHIELD though as ABC's whole Tuesday night line-up saw large drops.

Source: The Live Feed

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