While Channing Dungey is cautiously optimistic about the future of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the same can't be said for Marvel's Inhumans. The ABC President was talking to reporters at the Television Critics Associations' winter press tour today when the subject of their Friday evening lineup came about.
While SHIELD and Once Upon a Time are struggling in the overnight ratings, 3.6 and 3.7 total viewers respectively and both pulling a 1.1 demo rating, the network is pleased with the delayed viewing numbers. But Dungey was less optimistic about the Inhumans, which actually had better numbers, averaging 4.1 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating. Though she didn't say it was cancelled, she shared her disappointment:
"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."
But the negative performance of the Inhumans has not soured Dungey on the superhero genre:
"We're actually developing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero that stars an Indian-American woman from [executive producer] Nahnatchka Khan. That is something that has definitely superhero aspects to it. The question really is more: What kind of superhero show? What's the tone? How are we doing it? But I would never say we're closing the door on superheroes."
Nor has the Inhumans hurt ABC's relationship 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."
While the future of Marvel's Inhumans is bleak, it seems ABC is still the likely big network home for future Marvel series… that aren't on Netflix, Hulu, or Freeform.