ABC "cautiously optimistic" about Agents of SHIELD, however.
By Robert Marrujo:: Many fans are wondering what will become of Marvel's two ABC television series. Inhumans was lambasted by critics and fans, alike, right from its disastrous IMAX opening to its whimpering season finale. Agents of SHIELD, meanwhile, isn't a smash with fans, but it does well enough and has a decent following behind it. With SHIELD back on the airwaves, fans have already begun to start to ask if we'll be seeing more of either show next year.
In a report by Entertainment Weekly, Channing Dungey of ABC says that in regards to Inhumans, "It didn’t perform for us at the level that we would’ve wanted. We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be." With 4.1 million viewers, things aren't looking so great for the Inhumans to be back on TV.
SHIELD is a different story, however, with Dungey saying "I'm cautiously optimistic." While she was noncommittal to the show being renewed, overall, despite the failure of Inhumans, ABC seems to be in good sprits about its partnership with Marvel. "We continue to be very excited with what they’re doing with S.H.I.E.L.D. ... “We’ve tried a few things that haven’t worked out as well as we would’ve liked. We developed a couple things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next, because the idea for us is to come up with something that works very well for both Marvel and ABC, so we’re going to continue to try there.”
Agents of SHIELD is airing now on ABC.