'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' gets full season order

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ABC’s Tuesday night heroes are sticking around for a full season as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a full season order. ABC has picked up the back-nine episodes to round out a full traditional 22-episode season.

Arguably the most anticipated new fall show, S.H.I.E.L.D. opened as TV’s highest-rated new drama in nearly four years despite airing in a tough 8 p.m. time slot. Subsequent episodes have dropped notably from that perch, yet this week’s entry still ranked second in the hour with 7.9 million viewers and a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. For series co-creator Joss Whedon (see our interview here), this will mark his first full broadcast season since The WB’s fifth and final season of Angel concluded in 2004 (Fox’s Dollhouse ran for two short seasons).

S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes the third new fall show to get a pickup, with Fox’s Sleepy Hollow being renewed for a 13-episode second season and NBC giving The Blacklist a full season.

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