Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a hit last night, with only 8.4 million viewers tuning in to the second episode, compared to the 11.9 million that watched the pilot episode last week. That's a 38% drop from the premiere episode and nearly a half million less viewers than the second episode of No Ordinary Family, which debuted to about a million less viewers back in 2010.
Of course, this comes as no surprise to the legion of superhero fans who have rallied against the show, trashing its awkward dialogue, unlikeable PC-ville punted actors, and the presence of "Comandante Boobs McGee" as reasons why the show is the worst thing to happen to television since live singing competitions. Compared to Emmy Award winning shows like Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. simply can't compare in their eyes.
Unlike last week, NCIS beat Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in ratings as well, with the CBS drama scoring a 3.4 rating compared to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scoring only a 3.1.
It's not all terrible news, though. ABC revealed that over 5.3 million additional viewers had watched the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. either via online streaming, on demand or DVR.
Anyways, with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. all but assured to be cancelled tomorrow, let's hope that Disney's next attempt will live up to the high quality programming associated with ABC.