Delayed Viewing Gives ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 4 Premier A Significant Ratings Surge

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When Ghost Rider premiered on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just last week, most fans were surprised to see the show’s ratings deliver a disappointingly low 1.1 in its key demographic, which was a .6 drop from its season 3 premier coming in at a 1.7. What this roughly translates to is that is appears viewers didn’t really care that much about Ghost Rider’s introduction. However, after viewing the show’s delayed ratings, another story is being told.

Now the Live+3 ratings are in (live air plus three days after) and it appears that the numbers took a significant spike. Instead of the original 1.1, the show shot up to a 2.0, which is the single largest Live+3 gain in the history of the series, passing its season 3 predecessor in the process. In real numbers, the 1.1 rating equates to 3.44 million, while the new higher 2.0 rating equates to 5.549 million. That’s quite an increase and serves as proof positive that adding Ghost Rider was a smart decision in terms of the show’s plot after all, which has been hurting for ratings throughout a largely unimpressive third season. It will be interesting to see how the numbers change again once the Live+7 numbers come out.

In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, in light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, SHIELD has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack, and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. Agent May is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs ever Tuesday at 10 pm only on ABC!

Source: Deadline

Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.

  • Bill

    As it does with every show but that means nothing. Your sponsors, the people paying the bills don’t care about the dvr audience

    • Axxell

      It bodes well for the chances of AoS moving to a platform like Netflix if the tone continues to get more mature. All it needs is for people to watch it.

  • SAMURAI36

    LMAO, so AoShit was a failure afterall? You mean Ghost Driver couldn’t save it? Say it ain’t so….

    • Axxell

      It lasted 4 times longer than that sorry Constantine show on NBC…

    • Carl

      This article says otherwise. Ghost Rider was a big hit. Did you watch it?

      • SAMURAI36

        What article? You mean, the one that was written with the Pro-Marvel slant, to make this show look like a success?

        And nobody cares about Ghost Driver. Unless they have him in every single episode, then he’s not gonna save this show.

        I tell you what, let’s see what the ratings look like for episode 2 tomorrow night, and then we’ll talk.

        Or better yet, I’ll talk, and you’ll run and deflect, like you usually do.

        • Carl

          The one here on HH that shows the good rating and has a biased slant against Shield at the same time. lol

          Ghost RIDER was talked about all over as a big success. Maybe you should watch the episode, you don’t even know the name of the character.

          Like I said ratings always go down after the premiere. I never run but you certainly lie.

          • SAMURAI36

            The one here on HH that shows the good rating and has a biased slant against Shield at the same time. lol

            I don’t know what you’re talking about, and I suspect, neither do you.

            Ghost RIDER was talked about all over as a big success. Maybe you should watch the episode, you don’t even know the name of the character.

            Nope, not interested. And I know the character, probably better than you are. When he was first created, people lamented about him DRIVING a car, instead of RIDING a motorcycle. You think I’m the first person to call him “GHOST DRIVER”? You need to look around the internet.

            Like I said ratings always go down after the premiere. I never run but you certainly lie.

            You’re lying right now, when you say you don’t run. I presented the FACTS about Marvel’s carryings-on with their publishing wing, and you said “didn’t bother reading, your rant was too long”.

            And quit repeating yourself. Nothing you’re saying is refuting anything, especially when I’d already covered that point. It just makes you sound more silly and biased.

            AoShit’s ratings are in the toilet, simple as that. Especially for a show that’s A) on a major network (the only comic book show on a major network at the moment) and B) that’s SUPPOSED to be connected to a major movie franchise.

            But Zombies like you can’t account for that fact.

          • Carl

            Nothing you said here has any point. It’s all dripping with venom and bias as well, but a zombie like you can’t see that.

  • SAMURAI36

    Also, AoShit has a bad history of sinking ratings as the season goes on.

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      Tone it down, man.

      • SAMURAI36

        Why? The writers around here aren’t toning it down. This particular writer is trying to paint this pony as a race horse, when it’s clear that AoShit is a fail.

        Ghost Driver isn’t saving this show. Every season, this show busts its wad at the beginning of the season, & then tapers out somewhere around the middle.
        It’s only the Marvel diehards that are watching AoShit. Not even a fraction of the people who showed up for Silly War in the theaters, watch any of Marvel TV.

        And AoShit opened up to larger ratings than this in previous seasons. So that means it’s already reached its ceiling, the first episode in.

        I dunno about you, but this is hilarious to me. .

        • Axxell

          You know what’s really funny? Your pathetic attempts since almost half a decade ago to convince yourself that this show is gonna get cancelled …

    • Carl

      Lol, every season of every show has ratings dips after the premiere. We get it you hate anything Marvel regardless of quality. Just say you don’t like it and move on.

      • SAMURAI36

        Nope, I’m going to comment on this, because people are creating a false narrative about this.

        AoShit is a fail. Once again, it was on the CANCELLATION BLOCK for most of last season.

        http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/marvels-agents-of-shield-season-three-ratings-38242/

        Unfortunately for ABC, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has never lived up to ratings expectations and become a hit for the network. It did okay in the first season and then viewership dropped more than 30% in season two. Will the ratings continue to fall? Could it be cancelled or is it almost guaranteed to be renewed for a fourth season to have enough episodes for syndication? Stay tuned.

        Yes, every show has dips, but this season already started out low. It’s not gonna magically rise in ratings. This is the lowest rated comic book related show, on a major network. Plus, the 10PM time slot is the death knell for any TV show.

        No one is watching this, outside of the Marvel Zombies, like you. I hope you are watching the $#!t out of this show, because I can guarantee you that you won’t get another season of it next year.

        • Carl

          The ratings improved since last season as the article above states and it moved to a less viewed time slot. Just admit you are wrong already. People like the show as it is well received. I’d rather 4 good seasons than the show go on for too many as the quality goes to the gutter. Smallville… garbage after season 4. Great early run though.

          • SAMURAI36

            The ratings improved since last season as the article above states and it moved to a less viewed time slot.

            You’re LYING. The article says no such thing. So not only are you a liar, but you’re also illiterate.

            People like the show as it is well received.

            People like, it… That’s why it was close to getting canceled??

            I’d rather 4 good seasons than the show go on for too many as the quality goes to the gutter. Smallville… garbage after season 4. Great early run though.

            If you can’t tell by now, I could care less about your opinions on anything. Smallville is currently the undefeated champion of Comic book TV shows, with decent ratings, and LOTS of awards.

            What has AoShit won?

          • Carl

            Wow, you are right for once. It doesn’t say in this article. There was another article here on HH that says the ratings were a little less than last Season but that was before these numbers came in. Was that a lie? No, not at all, just a small mistake. I read a lot of articles on HH and I know you do too.

            https://heroichollywood.com/agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-premiere-ratings/

            Of course if you bothered to look for a second you’d find that I am correct in that with these new numbers that ratings have improved over last season’s premiere. “Agents of SHIELD managed just 1.1 in its key demographic, down from the 1.7 of the Season 3 premiere episode” “Now the Live+3 ratings for “The Ghost” are in, and boy what a difference three days can make. “The Ghost” saw a huge 82% rise in its ratings, bringing that 1.1 up to a 2. That’s the largest L+3 gain for any single episode of Agents of SHIELD ever.”

            http://comicbook.com/2016/09/25/agents-of-shield-season-4-premiere-gets-huge-ratings-bump-from-d/

            Shield was renewed very shortly after Season 3 ended. There wasn’t much of a debate on whether it would come back or not.

  • The One Above All

    The best show of today’s superheroes on television

    • SAMURAI36

      LMAO.

  • UnBoxingJon

    There was no Ward, and Ghost Rider was awesome! As long as they can keep up both of those elements, I’m sure to keep watching.

    • Carl

      I liked Ward as a villain. He sucked as a good guy in the first season.

  • Carl

    Great news, the show has only been improving every season. Also don’t discount that it’s getting these ratings in a later time slot where ratings usually are lower.

    Show less bias in the article please, HH. “largely unimpressive third season” That’s just your opinion but last season was very well received. Be more professional and just report the news. Write an opinion piece if you want to talk smack.