After seeing a pretty large drop-off from the premiere episode to the second episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. held strong in the ratings for the third episode.
According to ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 3 finished within 3-tenths of the prior week's Fast Affiliate rating. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attracted 7.7 million viewers and held a 2.8/9 rating in Adults 18-49. The show ranked No. 1 in the 8:00 p.m. hour, tying NBC's The Voice (2.8/9) and beating CBS' NCIS (2.7/8).
It was the No. 2 TV show on Tuesday in Adults 18-49, just 1-tenth shy of NBC's 2-hour "The Voice" for No. 1. For the 3rd week in a row, the ABC drama dominated its hour across all key Men demos (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54) to rank as Tuesday's No. 1 TV show on all 3 measures.
Most importantly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more than doubled ABC's Adult 18-49 delivery (+115%) in the hour from the year-ago night (vs. 1.3/4 for a "Dancing" special). With such a huge year over year increase, it's likely that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be picked up for a second season.