Inhumans Ratings Suggest Reviews Hurt Viewership

Marvel's royal family made their small screen debut last night, and despite the poor critical reception, the series managed to debut to decent ratings, but nothing to write home about.

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The drama is the first Fall premiere to debut to less than a 1.0 in the all too important 18-49 key demo. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series debuted to just 3.8 million live viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo. While that's not necessarily terrible when compared to ABC's Agents of SHIELD, which has struggled to maintain 3 million live viewers in its most recent season, they're far from ideal for a series premiere. Especially, when speculation has already begun to run rampant regarding the show's potential future on the network.

Of course, while the ratings were far from stellar, one thing working in the show's favor is that ABC did not have high expectations regarding the ratings following the poor reception from fans and critics alike. The show is scheduled to complete its eight-episode run on ABC before making way for Agents of SHIELD's fifth season. As of right now, the show's future is unknown with ABC generally waiting until May to make renewal decisions, however, showrunner Scott Buck has revealed that he already has plans in store for three seasons, suggesting the show may end on a bit of a cliffhanger.

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Following a two-week release in IMAX theaters, Marvel’s Inhumans made its broadcast premiere last night on ABC. The eight-episode drama stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.

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