ABC’s already renewed Agents of SHIELD on Tuesday night returned from hiatus to 3.5 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, matching and hitting series lows. I gave the winter premiere a grade of “C+,” while TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B.”
Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat (4.9 mil/1.4) ticked up to its best numbers since Feb. 2. The Real O’Neals christened its regular time slot with 4 mil and a 1.1, down almost 40 percent from last Wednesday’s sneak peeks and on par with The Muppets’ Season 1 average.
Of Kings and Prophets debuted to 3.3 mil/0.8 (an an average grade of “C”), a tick below ill-fated Wicked City‘s October launch in the cursed time slot. This is where I remind that what would be Body of Proof‘s series finale did 7.6 mil and a 1.2, while Forever signed off with 4 mil and a 1.1.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
NBC | The Voice (13.4 mil/3.1) was up 9 percent and a tenth week-to-week. Leading out of that, Little Big Shots retained 12.7 mil/2.9, marking the top-rated reality series premiere in four-and-a-half years (since Fox’s The X Factor) .
FOX | New Girl (2.76 mil/1.2) and Grandfathered (2 mil/0.8) were steady.
CBS | Leading out of repeats, (soon-to-be-renewed?) Limitless (5.4 mil/1.0) ticked down to series lows.