Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is TV’s #1 Drama Debut in 4 Years

ABC says that its series debut of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opened a strong #1 in the time period with Adults 18-49, defeating NBC’s Tuesday premiere of “The Voice” by 15% and CBS’ season premiere of “NCIS” by 35%, to qualify as TV’s highest rated drama debut in nearly 4 years – since 11/3/09. It was Tuesday’s #1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (tie) and across all key men demographics (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54). Despite the strong competition, the self-starting ABC drama gained young adults from its first half-hour to it second half-hour.

Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents that also includes: Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs on Tuesdays at at 8/7c. You can watch the pilot online now here.