"Agent Carter" Debut Outperforms "Agents Of SHIELD" In Ratings

Variety has revealed the ratings for last night's big "Agent Carter" premiere. The new Marvel television show debuted its first two episodes back-to-back on ABC. Variety called "Carter's" ratings "decent but unexceptional," reporting that the show came in second to CBS's "NCIS" juggernaut but snagged more viewers than most of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" second season.

"Agent Carter's" debut was watched by 6.7 million viewers overall, earning a 1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49. The number of overall viewers bested every "S.H.I.E.L.D." installment this season, except for the season premiere. The two-hour premiere may have hurt "Agent Carter's" overall ratings performance; the event started out with a 2.0 rating with young adult viewers and slipped to a 1.7 by the end of the night. Variety notes that the number of young adult viewers at the end of "Agent Carter's" second episode matched the number that tuned in to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" midseason finale last month.

CBS defeated all competition on Tuesday with their one-two punch of "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans"; those two procedurals scored 19.5 million and 17.4 million total viewers, respectively. Fox fell just behind ABC's Marvel offering; the "MasterChef Junior" season premiere drew an overall 5.3 million viewers.

"Agent Carter" airs on ABC on Tuesdays, filling "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" slot until it returns in the spring.

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