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Tuesday on TV: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' keeps getting better, but ratings are way down

First Published      Last Updated Apr 22 2014 11:16 am

Here's what we learned from last week's airing of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - maybe it would be better to air the show at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and 8 p.m. Central/Mountain.

Two weeks ago, the show hit its lowest ratings yet. Last week, when that episode was repeated at 7 p.m. MT and a new episode aired at 8 p.m. MT, the new episode ticked up 5 percent. That was still only a bit above the 5 million viewer mark, but it was an improvement.

The weird thing is that "S.H.I.E.L.D." has actually gotten a lot better in recent weeks. But the number of viewers last week was about 58 percent smaller than the number of viewers who watched the premiere.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent">By the way, "S.H.I.E.L.D." returns to 7 p.m. (Ch. 4) this week, and Agent Coulson races to save the woman he loves.

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NBA playoffs: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (5 p.m., TNT); Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (5:30 p.m., NBATV); Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls (7:30 p.m., TNT)

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About a Boy (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Will invites Sam to a game night hosted by Andy and Laurie.

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Sheriff Mills tries to save a girl from a family of vampires.

Growing Up Fisher (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mel tries to prevent Henry from becoming a slacker.

The Mindy Project (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Mindy gives the daughter of a cop birth control pills.

Celebrity Wife Swap (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tichina Arnold and Kelly Packard swap places.

Chicago PD (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The fight betweeen McLeod and Chief Boden intensifies.