Thanos apparently did not leave a mark on the “Agents of SHIELD.”
ABC on Monday picked up a sixth season of the Marvel series, a day ahead of unveiling its schedule for the 2018-19 TV season. Season 6 will be shorter than the previous ones, clocking in at 13 episodes.
As of now, ABC isn’t saying whether the new season will be it for “Agents of SHIELD.” That announcement may (or may not, depending on how close to the vest the network plays it) come Tuesday at the network’s upfront show.
“SHIELD” has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its beginnings in 2013, although its connection to Marvel’s movies has sometimes been tenuous. The end of the current season, however, coincides with the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The series is averaging a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.12 million viewers for initial airings this season, down a little from 0.7 and 2.34 million from 2016-17’s numbers. Considering its move to Fridays this season, that’s not much of a decline.
With a week of delayed viewing, “SHIELD” rises to 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic and 3.77 million viewers, vs. 1.6 and 4.4 million last year.
“Agents of SHIELD” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2018-19 and beyond.