Much like fans of Gotham, Marvel fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Agents of SHIELD has finally been renewed at ABC.
The network has given the series an abbreviated 13-episode sixth season renewal. The show, which marked Marvel Television’s first live-action scripted drama before the comic book powerhouse spread its wings to both cable and streaming services, had run 22 episodes a season for its first five outings and is nearing its endgame. A decision about a potential final season has not yet been determined.
Last year around the same time, showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen negotiated a reduced licensing fee that helped earn a fifth-season pickup as ABC used the drama to establish a night of genre programming for Friday night block. Taking over the time slot previously held by Marvel’s worst show yet, The Inhumans, Agents of SHIELD has averaged a 1.2 in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and nearly 4 million total viewers with seven days of delayed viewing as the drama co-starring Ming Na-Wen and Chloe Bennet remains a strong DVR performer (up 100 percent and 167 percent, respectively).
The show has also been rumored to tie into the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War as well as Captain Marvel, which will mark the cinematic return of Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson. Only time will tell if the upcoming sixth season discusses the mass disappearance of half of the life in the universe.
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