Ratings: S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns to Low, Kings and Prophets Does Royally Bad

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ratings

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.

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