ABC has given a vote of confidence to a new drama series, even after the show suffered a decline in viewers in its second and third outings. USA Today reports that the network gave a full-season order to "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"The move is not at all surprising, as it represents ABC’s highest-profile fall launch and a big collaboration between ABC and Marvel, both units of Walt Disney Co.," the story reports. "The show premiered Sept. 24 with a big 12.1 million viewers in same-day viewing, and marked fall’s highest-rated debut among young-adult viewers. But that figure had dropped to fewer than 8 million for this week’s third installment."
The show is ABC’s first prime-time series based on Marvel comics, the report notes.
USA Today adds: "New series typically get a 13-episode order for fall; in success, nine additional episodes are produced to fill out (with repeats) an entire season. ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ marks ABC’s first full-season extension; NBC already has given a thumbs-up to Monday drama ‘The Blacklist.’ And ABC’s ‘Lucky 7′ and CBS’s ‘We Are Men’ have been canceled."