Despite a strong debut, ratings for "Agent Carter" fell in its second week, but that hasn't dampened ABC entertainment president Paul Lee's hopes for the future of Marvel TV.
According to Entertainment Weekly, "Agent Carter's" ratings dropped 21% for its third episode, though this number does not reflect DVR playback, which has improved overall ratings for the pilot episode. In a followup piece, however, Lee insisted that both "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Agent Carter" have benefited the network creatively and ratings-wise.
"'S.H.I.E.L.D.' is actually a great and powerful show for us, [it's 18-49 demo rating with seven days of DVR playback playback] pops up to a 3.0, it brings in a male audience for us and it's creatively really strong now," the exec explained. "We left a great cliffhanger at the end of Christmas and now it's going to come back with some fantastic storylines. And to have 'Agent Carter' in the gap doing sort of double what we were doing there last year is great for us.
"We have ambitions for Marvel in the future," Lee added. "We love Marvel."
Perhaps most interestingly, that hint at his commitment to Marvel TV opens the door for a continued ambitious slate in the future. Whether that means a continuation of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Agent Carter" or a new project entirely is yet to be seen.
"Agent Carter" airs on ABC on Tuesdays, filling "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" slot until it returns in the spring.