Agent Carter’s mission will continue next season. Marvel’s most at-risk TV series has managed to score a renewal.
The Captain America spin-off starring Hayley Atwell averaged a relatively modest 7.6 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 this season when including seven days of DVR playback. The period action-drama, which took over ABC’s Tuesday night from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during midseason, was considered very much on the bubble for a pickup. Though ABC did not give an episode count, we’re hearing they’re ordering another 8 hours, same as the first season.
But the Marvel-ABC corporate relationship is strong, and ultimately a season 2 deal was struck. The question remains what this means for the Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood-fronted S.H.I.E.L.D. spin off, which is still awaiting news of its fate. If it’s also picked up and used as filler in the same way that Agent Carter was in its first season, ABC could be looking at near-year round Marvel programming.
And next season Agent Carter won’t be the only comic-book property with a female lead—CBS greenlit DC Comics’ Supergirl earlier this week, while Marvel also has AKA Jessica Jones over at Netflix.
Yet three ABC dramas were not so lucky: Forever, Cristela and Ressurection were all just canceled.
The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.
More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.