Against all odds, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed by ABC

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is the series that refuses to die.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the only chance for a Marvel series on ABC next season, with freshman series Inhumans canceled following a disappointing fall run. Despite its low live ratings, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a strong DVR gainer and an even stronger international seller for ABC Studios, as well as a marketing platform for Marvel. Even with DVR lifts, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Live+7 adults 18-49 average for this season is a so-so 1.2 rating.

The renewal literally came down to the wire. But it lives on. After diverting from being an analog to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series returned to its former M.O. When the alien race known as the Kree attacked, mentions to Avengers Infinity War and Thanos reassured fans Shield is still involved in the MCU current events.

Next season would benefit from mentioning and maybe even crossing over with the Netflix series (such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones) and even newer shows such as Hulu’s Runaways and Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.

The series was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory.

ABC has given a 13-episode Season 6 order to Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.