By James Hibberd
October 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM EDT
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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?

FOX 8:00P DADS- 1.3 3,418
8:30P BRKLYN 9-9- 1.4 3,422
9:00P NEW GIRL- 1.9 3,894
9:30P MNDY PRJCT- 1.5 2,964
ABC 8-9P MARVL-SHLD- 3.1 8,438
9:00P GOLDBERGS- 2.2 6,161
9:30P TROPHY WIF- 1.4 4,276
10-11P LUCKY 7- 0.8 2,808
CBS 8-9P NCIS- 3.4 19,331
9-10P NCIS:LA- 2.7 14,794
10-11P PERSON-INT- 2.0 12,163
NBC 8-10P VOICE-TUE- 4.4 14,204
10-11P CHCGO FIRE- 2.8 9,000
CW 8-10P IHRT-FEST-2- S 0.4 1,093

Episode Recaps

Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembles a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases.
  • TV Show
  • 6
  • TV-PG
  • 07/19/13
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