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'Agents of SHIELD': How many people have watched that pilot so far?

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More than you think.

ABC released detailed breakdown of how many people have seen the first episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (seriously, I just need to create a Mac keyboard shortcut for that title with all those periods in it).

You’ll recall — because you read every ratings story we post, right? — 12.1 million people watched the premiere last Tuesday, based on the adjusted afternoon nationals from Nielsen.

Then another 3.7 million watched on DVR in the next couple days after the premiere.

Then another 4.7 million saw the show’s repeat on Thursday.

And another 1.6 million streamed the pilot online.

So the grand total is now 22.1 million viewers (and that’s still climbing, since there’s still more data coming in). Stacks up, huh?

Granted, that’s not as impressive as, say, CBS’ Big Bang Theory bagging 20 million viewers within six hours of airing on Thursday night. But it’s still pretty great and will make things interesting on Wednesday morning with the show’s second episode numbers come in.

UPDATE: SHIELD scoop: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Episode 2?

Here’s a chart: