S.H.I.E.L.D.'s already got a full season pickup (but what else did you expect?)

We're not surprised, but we're definitely excited: We're getting even more episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

ABC announced today that Agent Coulson will live on for at least a little while longer on the small screen, as they've ordered an additional nine episodes of the Marvel Comics drama to bring its season total up to 22. It's definitely great news for fans, and it's a big step on the road to season two, but we've still got a lot of TV to get through before then, in a very competitive timeslot.

S.H.I.E.L.D. chalked up a very impressive debut two weeks ago, posting the best debut for a new drama in nearly four years, topping its timeslot in the key 18-49 demographic and besting powerhouses like NCIS and The Voice. It slipped in week two, and again slightly in week three, but it still finished second this week in the key demo with a 2.9 rating, just behind The Voice's 3.0. The show's holding its own against some very stiff competition, and that was enough to convince the network to give us more.

So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will now be sticking around at least until the 2013-2014 TV season ends this spring, and given its early numbers that's not surprising at all. Now the question is whether it'll be able to stay strong through the season to come, including three crucial sweeps periods. What do you think? Will S.H.I.E.L.D. keep its numbers up and come back for season two?

(Via EW)


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