There was a lot of talk last season about Marvel's Agents of SHIELD being cancelled and a rumor that Disney pressured the network to keep it going. But with the show's return and its pairing with Once Upon a Time, both shows have been struggling a bit in the ratings. But that doesn't mean they don't have at least some hope of being renewed.
ABC's president Channing Dungey spoke to reporters at the Television Critics Associations's winter press tour today, saying:
"I would say I'm cautiously optimistic. It's always hard at this point in January to know because some of it is also dependent on your new development and how you feel about those things, so that's why it's really hard at the top of the year to know exactly what's going to happen."
OUAT is pulling in roughly 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, while SHIELD an hour later is getting an average of 3.6 million total viewers and matches the 1.1 demo rating.
Talking about the rebooted Once Upon at Time, Dungey went on to say:
"The thing about Once Upon a Time is that the ratings have been a little bit lower on Friday than they were on Sunday, but our delayed viewing, which we were averaging a bump of about 55 percent, this year has been into triple digits, so the actual fanbase really hasn't shifted very much. It's more that they've been watching it more time-shifted since we've been on Friday." And about the potential for an eighth season, "Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] are going to be coming in shortly to talk with us about what they would want to be doing if they had another season, so I can't really say until we've had that conversation."
As for the changes to SHIELD this season:
"The creative this season, I honestly think, has been the strongest its ever been. We've been really excited about what the producers have been talking about for the second half of the season. I'm really looking forward to hearing them come in and talk about what their ideas would be for season 6, so we can make a better determination about whether we're going to order another season or not."
Fans of both shows should keep their fingers crossed and TVs on.