ABC had very high hopes for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. That series underperformed in the ratings in season one and has done even worse in season two. Has Marvel’s Agent Carter done any better? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
On Marvel’s Agent Carter, sexy and smart Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) performs administrative work at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) as men return home from World War II. In her spare time, she goes on secret missions. The rest of the cast includes James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, and Shea Whigham.
The series had an okay start when it debuted with a pair of episodes on January 6th. It attracted a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.91 million total viewers. Unfortunately, the ratings dropped about 25% in week two and fell another 10% in week three. The numbers have come up a bit since then but they’re still pretty low. Last week’s installment drew a 1.4 in the demo and 4.15 million.
Disney — which owns ABC and Marvel — may find value in keeping the series around because it’s tied in to movies and other projects. Based on the ratings alone, ABC doesn’t have much incentive to bring Agent Carter back for a second season.
It should be noted that ABC promoted Agent Carter as a limited series. That means that the season has a limited and set number of episodes (less than a typical season) — not that the series will only have one season. Executive producer Louis D’Esposito has indicated that he has plans for a second season if the series is renewed.
If Agent Carter does have only one season, hopefully fans will be satisfied with how the finale ends.
But, what do you think? Do you like Marvel’s Agent Carter? If you ran the network would you renew it for a second season, try another Marvel property, or try something else completely new?