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MARVELous start for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(photo courtesy of ABC TV)

The fall TV season is off and rocking, and one of the early hits premiered on ABC Tues. night.  "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (from the producers and director of "The Avengers") scored big ratings in it's debut.  12.2 million tuned in to watch the return of Agent Phil Coulson (pictured with Agent Grant Ward and Skye) who had died earlier in "The Avengers" movie.  Watch the show tonight to see how he was resurrected as ABC has decided to replay the premiere at 8p.  Tuesday nights debut won the 18-to-49 year old ratings, marking the highest debut numbers for a new drama in 4 years.  The Agents were up against strong competiton as "The Voice" returned to 14.4 million viewers on NBC, while "NCIS" on CBS won the overall time slot ratings with 20 million viewers for Gibbs and his team.  One question: why do the networks have to schedule 3 great shows up against each other at the same time/same night?

That can also be asked about tonight's scheduling as two former TV stars make their return after years away from the small screen while they were enjoying success in the movies.  Michael J. Fox returns to NBC at 9p as a NYC TV news anchor who returns to the station after suffering from Parkinsons Disease (sound familiar for Mr. Fox?).  Over on CBS, Robin Williams comes back to the tube (he earlier became famous on "Mork & Mindy") also at 9p on "The Crazy Ones" as a crazed, manic wackjob (sound familiar for Mr. Williams?).  It will be interesting to see which star audiences welcome back with bigger ratings.  At least the TV fall season is off to a promising start with some actual quality shows popping up.  If only the networks could work to schedule them seperately....oh, that's why we have DVRs and Tivo, right?    

 

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