Marvel-ous news for patient Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans: ABC has renewed the ratings-challenged but creatively re-energized series for Season 5, ending many months of speculation about its future.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season has averaged 2.4 million weekly total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down 30 and 40 percent from Season 3. Among ABC dramas, it equals Quantico, The Catch and died-on-the-vine Conviction in the demo, and outperforms short-lived freshman Time After Time and Season 3 of American Crime.
That said, it enjoys a robust 129 percent boost via DVR playback, ranking fourth among all broadcast shows in that measure (behind iZombie, The Originals and ABC’s Designated Survivor).
In TVLine’s series of Keep or Cut? polls, S.H.I.E.L.D. had the third-strongest showing (90 percent “Keep”) of all bubble dramas polled, trailing NBC’s Timeless and Fox’s ill-fated Pitch.