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It was announced yesterday that Agent Carter, starring Hayley Attwell, has been canceled. If you spend some time on any type of social media you’ve seen backlash from the fans. The fans are not happy with ABC’s decision. When it comes down to it, the ratings simply weren’t there to support the continued production of Agent Carter.
Could this cancellation have been avoided? It is possible. As someone that enjoyed the show, I was also disappointed by the news. Then I started to look at the rating. They made sense with the structure of the show. The plot wasn’t constantly moving, pulling you in one week from the next. This led to a steady decline in the ratings from one week to the next.
I do believe that Agent Carter could have benefited from becoming a Netflix series. It would have allowed viewers to binge watch the series in the same way they have with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. While that’s a great idea in hindsight, it’s not something that can happen now. Hayley Attwell has already committed to a new series. She cannot be replaced at Peggy Carter either. Attwell has played this character in the television series as well as in the cinematic universe.
The presence of Agent Carter will be missed amongst the Marvel television series lineup.
Here are the complete ratings for the Agent Carter series.
Episode 1: “Now is Not the End” 6.91 million viewers
Episode 2: “Bridge and Tunnel” 6.91 million viewers
Episode 3: “Time and Tide” 5.10 million viewers
Epidsode 4: “The Blitzkrieg Button” 4.63 million viewers
Episode 5: “The Iron Ceiling” 4.20 million viewers
Episode 6: “A Sin to Err” 4.25 million viewers
Episode 7: “Snafu” 4.15 million viewers
Episode 8: “Valediction” 4.02 million viewers
Episode 1: “The Lady in the Lake” 3.18 million viewers
Episode 2: “A View in the Dark” 3.18 million viewers
Episode 3: “Better Angels” 2.90 million viewers
Episode 4: “Smoke & Mirrors” 2.77 million viewers
Episode 5: “The Atomic Job” 2.66 million viewers
Episode 6: “Life of the Party” 2.39 million viewers
Episode 7: “Monsters” 2.39 million viewers
Episode 8: “The Edge of Mystery” 2.50 million viewers
Episode 9: “A Little Song and Dance” 2.50 million viewers
Episode 10: “Hollywood Ending” 2.35 million viewers