It was a rough day for comic book leading ladies on major networks as ABC canceled Agent Carter and opted against the Agents of SHIELD spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted series c0-starring Adrianne Palicki while CBS relocated Supergirl to The CW.
Agent Carter never fared that well in the ratings and it was on the bubble for a second season. The first season wasn’t a ratings juggernaut with an average 1.51 in the coveted 18-49 demographic and total 5.02 million viewers. Season 2 fared considerably worse only managing .79 and 2.681 million viewers (Figures courtesy TV Series Finale).
While critics and the fans who did watch love its lighthearted and whimsical approach, it seemed like the showrunners wasted the gift of the second season by not focusing on Peggy and Howard Stark’s efforts to form the basis for S.H.I.E.L.D. That seemed to be the biggest untold story Marvel Cinematic Universe fans wanted told.
I’m almost happy ABC decided not to pick up Marvel’s Most Wanted as that should hopefully mean Palicki and co-star Nick Blood can just return to Agents of SHIELD. They were two of the best members of the cast and the show has noticeably missed them. I’m sure it won’t be that big a problem to work them back into the series since they were written out in a manner that could easily be addressed.
Supergirl fared the best in Cancellation Thursday. The move to the CW will make it fit in more seamlessly with the rest of the DC TV universe shows. There had been some rumors this was a possibility. It’s great news for fans of the show as Supergirl won’t be constantly on the bubble for not bringing in monster ratings for CBS.
The CW is far more patient in letting a series find an audience. Start guessing when that Supergirl/Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow crossover will happen because it really ought to now.
What do you think of the news? Upset about Agent Carter getting axed?