S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered at 8 p.m. with no lead in and opposite The Voice on NBC and NCIS on CBS, two heavy hitters in the ratings department, which makes the numbers that much more impressive. Now we have to wait and see if and how much those numbers taper off as the series progresses.
I'm still undecided on how I feel about it. I'll be tuning in next week because I certainly didn't hate it and I want to give the show and Whedon a fair shot, but I feel like I'd place it in the upper levels of mediocre. Everything felt designed to be flashy: every other line of dialogue was a quip, every modicum of tension was accompanied by overblown music. It just felt like they were trying too hard. It certainly doesn't help that the only other show I've been consistently watching is the final season of Breaking Bad, which has solidified itself as one of the greatest television shows in history.
Though, as they say, "in Joss we trust."