27 November 2013 9:05 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Finally, some much-needed relief for the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang!

This has been a rough fall for this ambitious and crucial Marvel and ABC drama, which had a huge launch in late September (rating a 4.7 among adults 18-49). Then its rating dropped for the second episode (3.3). And dropped (2.9). And dropped (2.8). And dropped (2.7). And dropped (2.5). And dropped (2.2).

Writers pondered how to improve the show. Readers pondered too. With its average in decline, Shield grudgingly surrendered its “No. 1 new fall show!” claim to NBC’s The Blacklist.

Whatever course corrections were made along the way, they may be working »

- James Hibberd

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