Someone really has to shake their head at Paul Lee for the schedule he devised for ABC Tuesday night. At this point, it almost feels like canceling the “Dancing with the Stars” results show was a bad move.
The good news? Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” drew a 3.1 last night for its second episode, which is still very impressive for a first-year show. The bad news? That’s a big drop from the 4.7 for the premiere, and it cements that both “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Blacklist” should be considered bigger hits at this point. They both also probably cost less money to make.
From here, the situation for ABC gets even worse. “The Goldbergs” will probably survive the year with a 2.2 rating if it stays at least near there, but “Trophy Wife” (1.4) is already below “The Mindy Project” (1.5) and in trouble. Meanwhile, “Lucky 7” (0.8) will probably be canceled by the end of the week. If you’re going that low now, there’s no sense keeping it. This was just a terrible schedule for ABC to rely on three hours of new shows, especially when each hour had nothing really in common with the next.
Elsewhere, “Dads” (1.3) is falling apart on Fox, leaving “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.4) to a place where it, too, will likely suffer. A shame, given that it is a really funny show. CBS saw drops for “NCIS” despite it being Cote de Pablo’s last episode, and it feels like “Sons of Anarchy” is running over everything at 10:00.
The only real winners this week? NBC. “The Voice” looks great with a 4.4, and even though “Chicago Fire” (2.8) is sure to be adjusted down in the final ratings, it’s still much-larger hit this year than it was at this time in 2012.
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