After months of speculation, ABC has finally canceled Inhumans. Interestingly enough, the only show the network has yet to make a renewal decision on is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which will wrap up its fifth season in the coming weeks.
If the ratings weren't enough of a sign that Inhumans wouldn't be returning, especially after costing IMAX a fair amount of money, the fact that ABC temporarily deleted the show from its press website seemed to seal its fate. And after month of speculation, the network finally axed the freshman drama. It was a move many had expected, unfortunately, what Marvel fans didn't expect was that they'd have to continue to wait for the network to make a decision on its predecessor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- however, while a decision has yet to be made, the series is said to still be in contention for renewal.
Like Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't been a hit in the ratings. In fact, after debuting to nearly twelve million viewers, S.H.I.E.L.D. has since found itself struggling to maintain 3 million live viewers over its past few seasons. Luckily for the show, though, while it isn't a great performer in the live ratings, it does well in delayed viewership. More importantly, however, is that the series is in a different boat than most shows. Despite its continual decline of ratings, the series has been an important aspect to Disney as it has allowed for crossover between the films and the small screen. Perhaps not always in the ways fan hope, but it does serve a purpose, which is why a sixth season is still possible.
Of course, there's also always the possibility that the series will shift to Disney's forthcoming streaming service. Interestingly enough, while the company has already announced a live-action Star Wars series, it has yet to announce a Marvel series, despite teasing the inclusion of such.
With ABC set to take the stage for Upfronts on Tuesday, a decision should come regarding S.H.I.E.L.D's fate by then. For now, fans can enjoy part one of the Season 5 finale when it airs tonight.
Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.