'Agents of SHIELD' ratings slip; Samuel L. Jackson makes cameo
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans got a treat Tuesday night as Samuel L. Jackson made a cameo appearance, reprising his Avengers role as Nick Fury (video below)
ABC subtly hinted at the guest spot on social media, which we first pointed out on Monday, yet Jackson’s participation was not officially confirmed before the episode aired.
If the network hoped to avoid the usual post-premiere ratings drop, well, that didn’t happen. S.H.I.E.L.D. delivered 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 — still utterly triumphant for a 8 p.m., yet down a sharp 34 percent from last week’s record-setting premiere.
The cameo coda to the hour had Fury dressing down his underling Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) for damage to the agency’s plane. “You know I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago,” Fury roared. Check out the fun clip below. Gregg looks like he can barely keep a straight face during this scene.
At 9 p.m., ABC’s shouty new sitcom The Goldbergs took a similar hit, down 29 percent (chart below). Trophy Wife feel quite steeply, 39 percent. And Lucky 7, which is a good bet to win the first cancelled show lotto (see our poll here), fell 38 percent to a mere 0.8 rating at 10 p.m.
Actually, you know who the big winner is last night? NBC’s Chicago Fire. Because it’s strong premiere week rating was basically unchanged last night (the firehouse soap is actually up a tenth, but there’s a minute of Voice overrun that will be extracted from it). Voice was down only 6 percent, which is pretty great.
CBS’ dramas each slipped between 6-13 percent — yup, even NCIS, despite SHIELD dropping and Cote de Pablo making her big exit.
And Fox’s comedies … I don’t even want to talk about Fox’s comedies. Can we talk about something happier instead? Like the government shutdown or scabies?